Boris Shor

Boris Shor

Associate Professor of Political Science

University of Houston


I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Houston.

The major parts of my research agenda are linked above. You can find my Google Scholar citations here, and my SSRN page here (with my working papers).

Visit the American Legislatures website, which has my state legislative ideology data for all 50 states–at the state and individual legislator level–for 1993-2018. A new data release was posted on July 2020, extending and cleaning the data substantially.

Recent Publications

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Geography, Uncertainty, and Polarization

Using new data on roll-call voting of U.S. state legislators and public opinion in their districts, we explain how ideological …

Has The Top Two Primary Elected More Moderates?

Party polarization is perhaps the most significant political trend of the past several decades of American politics. Many observers …

Ideology and the US Congressional Vote

A large class of theoretical models posits that voters choose candidates on the basis of issue congruence, but convincing empirical …

Ideology, Party and Opinion: Explaining Individual Legislator ACA Implementation Votes in the States

Why do state legislators vote the way they do? Which influence is predominant: ideology, party, or public opinion? The implementation …

Do Moderate Voters Weigh Candidates’ Ideologies? Voters’ Decision Rules in the 2010 Congressional Elections

Models of voting behavior typically specify that all voters employ identical criteria to evaluate candidates. We argue that moderate …

Working Papers

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