Chris Bonneau

  • Professor

Chris W. Bonneau is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has been since 2002.  His research is primarily in the areas of judicial selection (specifically, judicial elections) and judicial decision-making.  Bonneau's work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and he has published numerous articles, including in the American Journal of Political Science and Journal of Politics.  He is also the coauthor of three books:  Strategic Behavior and Policy Choice on the U.S. Supreme Court (2005), In Defense of Judicial Elections (2009), and the award-winning Voters' Verdicts: Citizens, Campaigns, and Institutions in State Supreme Court Elections (2015).

Professor Bonneau teaches undergraduate classes in constitutional law, judicial politics, and research methods, as well as graduate classes in judicial politics and research design.


Sports and American Politics
Mass Incarceration
Race and the Criminal Justice System
American Political Process
Judicial Politics

Education & Training

  • PhD, Michigan State University, 2002

Representative Publications

Bonneau, Chris W., Jarrod Kelly, Kira Pronin, Shane Redman, and Matthew Zarit. 2017. "Evaluating the Effects of Multiple Opinion Rationales on Supreme Court Legitimacy." American Politics Research 45 (May): 335-365. [PDF]

Bonneau, Chris W. and Damon M. Cann. 2015. Voters' Verdicts: Citizens, Campaigns, and Institutions in State Supreme Court Elections. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. [LINK]

Bonneau, Chris W. and Damon M. Cann. 2015. "Party Identification and Vote Choice in Partisan and Nonpartisan Elections." Political Behavior 37 (March): 43-66. [PDF]

Bonneau, Chris W. and Eric Loepp. 2014. "Getting Things Straight: The Effects of Ballot Design and Electoral Structure on Voter Participation." Electoral Studies 34 (June): 119-130. [PDF]

Bonneau, Chris and Damon M. Cann. 2011. “Campaign Spending, Diminishing Marginal Returns and Campaign Finance Restrictions in Judicial Elections.” Journal of Politics 73(4): 1-14. [PDF]

Bonneau, Chris and Melinda Gann Hall. 2009. In Defense of Judicial Elections. New York: Routledge. [LINK]

Research Interests

Judicial Politics
Research Design


Area of Study