Brian J. Gaines

Brian J. Gaines


Brian J. Gaines is a professor at the University of Illinois, with appointments in the Department of Political Science and at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He received a BA with honors from the University of British Columbia and his AM and PhD from Stanford University, where he was also the playing president of the ice hockey club. Most of his research deals with elections, electoral rules, and public opinion; his recent work has appeared in such outlets as the American Statistician, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Political Analysis. With Wendy Cho and Jake Bowers, he coedits the Political Methodologist; since July 2011, he has been the editor of American Politics Research. Between 2005 and 2007, he completed marathons on all seven continents.

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Europe And The Death Penalty

by Brian J. Gainesvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 25, 2016

While the EU disdains capital punishment, many Europeans support it. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Case of the Vanishing Millionaire's Tax

by Brian J. Gainesvia Chicago Sun-Times
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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A Few Pointers on Reading Political Polls

by Brian J. Gainesvia Chicago Sun-Times
Friday, September 7, 2012
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Analysis and Commentary

What's a 'Fair' Tax for the Mega Millionaires?

by Brian J. Gaines, Douglas Riversvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Polls say Americans want higher rates on the rich. But when one poll asked how much lottery winners should pay, over half said 10% or less...