David Brady holds the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science in the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is Davies Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has published seven books and over 100 papers in journals and books. Among his most recent books are Leadership and Growth (World Bank Publications, 2010) with Michael Spence; Revolving Gridlock: Politics and Policy from Carter to Bush II (Westview Press, 2006); and Red and Blue Nation? Characteristics and Causes of America’s Polarized Politics with Pietro Nivola (Brookings Institution Press, 2007). His recent articles include : “Is the Government Really Broken,” Real Clear Politics, 2013; “The 2010 Elections: Why Did Political Science Forecasts Go Awry?,” P.S. Political Science and Politics, April 2011; “Why is Health Care Reform So Difficult?,” David W. Brady and Daniel Kessler, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, April 2010; “Putting the Public’s Money Where Its Mouth Is,” Daniel Kessler and David W. Brady, Health Affairs: The Policy Journal of the Health Sphere, August 2009, pages 917–925; “Leadership and Politics: A Perspective From the Growth Commission,” David W. Brady and Michael Spence, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 25, #2, 2009, pages 205-218.
Brady has been on continual appointment at Stanford since 1986. While at Stanford, he has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the GSB and as Vice Provost for Distance Learning at Stanford. He has twice been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, Sciences Po in Paris, LUISS University in Rome and a distinguished lecturer at the American Academy in Berlin. Brady was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987. Over his teaching career he won the Dinkelspiel Award for service to undergraduates, the Richard Lyman Prize for service to alumni, the Bob Davies Award and the Jaedicke Silver Cup from the GSB, and the first Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award given at Stanford. He also won the George Brown teaching award at Rice University.
Over his career he has served on a number of start-up boards and continues to serve on the board of the Essex Corporation, on its accounting and compensation committees. He served on the Japanese Kanzai Board for Economic Development from 1990 – 1995.