Kenneth W. Kollman

Center Director, CPS
Research Professor, CPS
Professor, LSA Political Science
Kenneth W. Kollman


Ken Kollman is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He is also Research Professor at the Center for Political Studies (Institute for Social Research) at the university.

His recent book, Perils of Centralization, published by Cambridge University Press, includes research on the European Union, the Roman Catholic Church, General Motors Corporation, and the United States government. Throughout his career he has contributed in diverse fields: computational social science, comparative and American politics, European Union studies, comparative federalism, and comparative political parties and elections. His popular American government textbook with W.W. Norton is now in its second edition. The New York Times and Washington Post have published his essays. He created and administered a new minor and major in international studies at the University of Michigan. The major has grown into one of the largest at the university. He co-founded and is co-principal investigator of the Constituency-Level Election Archive (CLEA), which is the world’s largest repository of elections results data.