Dr. Harold D. Clarke

Professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Ashbel Smith Professor

Dr. Harold D. Clarke, a political scientist and research methodologist, received his PhD from Duke University and bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Western Ontario.

"I wanted to devote my time to developing risk management as a scientific field because it is important to have in mind that risks, wherever they come from, have common features," he said. "Therefore, I approach risks by finding concepts, methods and techniques which can apply in a similar way, whether it’s in finance, nuclear energy or any other domain."

Clarke is an internationally recognized expert on voting and elections. His research focuses on electoral choice and the political economy of party support in Great Britain, the U.S. and Canada. His studies have been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Economics and Social Research Council (UK), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada).

He began his research career as a principal investigator for the Canadian National Election Study. In recent years, he has served as principal investigator for the 2001, 2005 and 2009-10 British Election Studies and the 2008 and 2010 Political Support in America Studies. Other recent projects include the 2009 Political Support in Germany Study and the 2008 and 2011 Political Support in Canada Studies.

Clarke is the author of numerous articles published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review and International Studies Quarterly. He is also an author of several books including Performance Politics and the British Voter and Political Choice in Britain. His newest book, Campaigning for Change: The Dynamics of Political Choice in Britain will be published later this year.

Clarke is senior co-editor of Electoral Studies and former co-editor of Political Research Quarterly. Before joining UT Dallas, Clarke served as Regents Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of North Texas from 1998 to 2001. While there, he led recruiting initiatives and added a significant methodological training component to the department. In 2009, he served as director of the Social and Economic Sciences Division at the National Science Foundation.

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Dr. Harold D. Clarke

School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences


The University of Texas System supports the professorship.


Principal investigator, British Election Study; principal investigator, Political Support in America Study; chief editor, Electoral Studies; former director, Social and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation; former editor, Political Research Quarterly.


"Voters are smart enough to know they are not smart enough."