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Faculty Director, CAPRI

Bruce Cain

Senior Fellow
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

Faculty Director
California Policy Research Initiative (CAPRI)

The Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director
Bill Lane Center for the American West

Charles Louis Ducommun Professor in Humanities and Sciences
Department of Political Science

Senior Fellow
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Bruce E. Cain is a Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and the Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. He received a BA from Bowdoin College (1970), a B Phil from Oxford University (1972) as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph D from Harvard University (1976).  He taught at Caltech (1976-89) and UC Berkeley (1989-2012) before coming to Stanford.  Professor Cain was Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley from 1990-2007 and Executive Director of the UC Washington Center from 2005-2012.  He was elected the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000 and has won awards for his research (Richard F. Fenno Prize, 1988), teaching (Caltech 1988 and UC Berkeley 2003) and public service (Zale Award for Outstanding Achievement in Policy Research and Public Service, 2000).   His areas of expertise include political regulation, applied democratic theory, representation and state politics.  Some of Professor Cain's most recent publications include "Redistricting Commissions: A Better Political Buffer?" in The Yale Law Journal, volume 121, 2012; "Congressional Staff and the Revolving Door: The Impact of Regulatory Change," with Lee Drutman, Election Law Journal, 13:1, March 2014.; "Community of Interest Methodology and Public Testimony," with Karin MacDonald, 3 U.C Irvine Law Review. 609 (2013); and Democracy More or Less: America's Political Reform Quandary, Cambridge University Press, 2014. He is currently working on state regulatory processes and stakeholder involvement in the areas of water, energy and the environment.

Focal Areas: Politics and Media


BA, Bowdoin College, 1970
B. Phil, Oxford University, 1972
PhD, Harvard University, 1976