Politics & Policy, Iowa Social Science Research Center

Frederick Boehmke

  • Director, Iowa Social Science Research Center
  • Senior Research Fellow in Residence, Politics and Policy Research Program
  • Professor, Department of Political Science


Fred Boehmke's research focuses on the diffusion of public policies across the American states and on the consequences of direct democracy on state politics. He is the author of The Indirect Effect of Direct Legislation: How Institutions Shape Interest Group Systems. In general, he likes to develop and test empirical and formal models of political phenomena.

Research Interests

  • Direct legislation
  • Indian gaming
  • Selection bias
  • Venue choice
  • Survival analysis
  • Policy diffusion

Educational Background

  • PhD, Social Science, California Institute of Technology, 2000
  • BA, Economics, Washington University, 1995