Faculty

Kathleen Bawn

Professor

Contact Information

Email    kbawn@polisci.ucla.edu
Office  3363 Bunche Hall
Phone  (310) 794-5048
Kathleen Bawn studies political parties, focusing on roles they play in stabilizing coalitions and organizing politics. She has also studied electoral systems, as well as policymaking by the U.S. Congress, coalition governments in Germany and in parliamentary systems in general. Specific projects early in her career looked at the incentives generated by mixed PR/plurality electoral systems, how Congress trades-off expertise versus political control when delegating to agencies, and trades off ex ante procedures versus ex post oversight in exerting political control. She has also studied the party politics of government spending, and ideology as a manifestation of coalition politics. Her current work (with Marty Cohen, David Karol, Seth Masket and Hans Noel, and with John Zaller) argues that parties in the United States are best thought of as coalitions of policy-demanding groups whose strongest leverage comes at the stage when candidates seek party nominations. Her work has been published in American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, and other academic journals. Professor Bawn's courses emphasize the use of mathematical models and logic to understand politics. She has recently developed on-line and hybrid versions of her popular undergraduate game theory class. Other regular classes cover probability and statistics for political science, collective choice theory, and political parties.

Degrees

Stanford University (Economics), 1992

Fields of Study

American Politics and Methodology

Current Courses by Term

2016 Spring Quarter

Politics and Strategy

Collective Choice and Majority Rule

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2015 Spring Quarter

Collective Choice and Majority Rule

2015 Winter Quarter

Survey Course in American Politics: American Political Institutions

2014 Fall Quarter

Statistical Methods II

Survey Course in American Politics: Political Parties and Electoral Process

2014 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Data Analysis

Seminar: Political and Electoral Problems

2014 Winter Quarter

Politics and Strategy

Statistical Methods II

2013 Fall Quarter

Political Parties

2013 Summer Session

Politics and Strategy

2013 Spring Quarter

Politics and Strategy

2013 Winter Quarter

Statistical Methods II

2012 Fall Quarter

Collective Choice and Majority Rule

Parties and Party Systems

2012 Summer Session

Politics and Strategy

2012 Spring Quarter

Politics and Strategy

Community and Corporate Internships in Political Science

2012 Winter Quarter

Community and Corporate Internships in Political Science

Statistical Methods II

2011 Fall Quarter

Parties and Party Systems

2011 Summer Session

Introduction to American Politics

2011 Spring Quarter

Politics and Strategy

2011 Winter Quarter

Statistical Methods II

2010 Fall Quarter

Collective Choice and Majority Rule

Community or Corporate Internships in Political Science

2010 Spring Quarter

Politics and Strategy

2010 Winter Quarter

Statistical Methods II

2009 Spring Quarter

Collective Choice and Majority Rule

2008 Fall Quarter

Mathematics for Political Science

2008 Spring Quarter

Collective Choice and Majority Rule

2008 Winter Quarter

Politics and Strategy

2007 Fall Quarter

Mathematics for Political Science

2007 Spring Quarter

Community or Corporate Internships in Political Science

2007 Winter Quarter

Politics and Strategy

Community or Corporate Internships in Political Science

Parties and Party Systems

2006 Fall Quarter

Community or Corporate Internships in Political Science

Mathematics for Political Science

2006 Summer Session

Community or Corporate Internships in Political Science

2006 Spring Quarter

Community or Corporate Internships in Political Science

2006 Winter Quarter

Politics and Strategy

Community or Corporate Internships in Political Science

Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

2005 Fall Quarter

Mathematics for Political Science

2004 Fall Quarter

Politics and Strategy

Mathematics for Political Science

2004 Summer Session

Political Parties and Interest Groups: Political Parties

2004 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2004 Winter Quarter

Special Topics in American Government and Politics

2003 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Political Economy

Mathematics for Political Science

2003 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Seminar

Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

2002 Fall Quarter

Special Topics in American Government and Politics

2002 Winter Quarter

Special Topics in American Government and Politics

2001 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Political Economy

2001 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Political Economy

Mathematics for Political Science

1999 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Political Economy

1999 Spring Quarter

Seminar for Majors: Politics

1999 Winter Quarter

Mathematics for Political Science

1998 Fall Quarter

Honors Seminar and Thesis

1998 Winter Quarter
1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

POL SCI 30
Politics and Strategy

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Summer Session

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Summer Session

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 171B
Collective Choice and Majority Rule

2015 Spring Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 260B
Survey Course in American Politics: American Political Institutions

2015 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 260A
Survey Course in American Politics: Political Parties and Electoral Process

2014 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 200B
Statistical Methods II

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 268
Seminar: Political and Electoral Problems

2014 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 6
Introduction to Data Analysis

2014 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 262
Political Parties

2013 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 252
Parties and Party Systems

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 195CE
Community and Corporate Internships in Political Science

2012 Spring Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 40
Introduction to American Politics

2011 Summer Session

POL SCI 195
Community or Corporate Internships in Political Science

2010 Fall Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2006 Summer Session

2006 Spring Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 202
Mathematics for Political Science

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 209
Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods

2006 Winter Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 142A
Political Parties and Interest Groups: Political Parties

2004 Summer Session

POL SCI 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2004 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 149
Special Topics in American Government and Politics

2004 Winter Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 30
Introduction to Political Economy

2003 Fall Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

POL SCI C197C
Seminar for Majors: Politics

1999 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 195A
Honors Seminar and Thesis

1998 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 195B

1998 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 195A

1997 Fall Quarter