Paul A. BeckDistinguished Professor Emeritus of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Sociology and Communication
Political Science
112B Mershon Center 
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A.B., Indiana University (1966)
M.A., University of Michigan (1968)
Ph.D., University of Michigan (1971)

Before retiring in July 2012, Paul Beck was Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Science and professor of political science with courtesy professor appointments in the School of Communication and Department of Sociology at Ohio State; dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Ohio State; and chair of its Department of Political Science.

His articles on political parties, voting behavior, and public opinion are published in leading disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals. He was author/co-author of Party Politics in America (1988, 1992, 1997, 2001) and co-editor of Electoral Change in Advanced Industrial Democracies (1984).

Beck's co-edited book Voting in Old and New Democracies, based on Comparative National Election Project (CNEP) surveys of the electorates in 26 elections in 18 countries, was published by Routledge in October 2016. His current research is focused around themes studied in the CNEP, which now includes over 30 surveys through 2015. (See the CNEP website at

Beck has received the Distinguished Scholar Award and Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service from Ohio State University and the American Political Science Association’s Goodnow Award for distinguished service to the profession and its Eldersveld Award for lifetime professional contributions to the field of political organizations and parties.

He is a regular commentator on American politics for a variety of international, national, and local media.

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page
High-resolution photo
Comparative National Elections Project (2009-)

Media Links
Mershon Center: Mershon affiliates win NSF grant for comparative elections study (2017)
Political Science: Reflections on the 1968 Democratic Convention: Riots, Lessons Learned and a 2016 Comparison (2016)
WOSU: The GOP National Convention in Cleveland (2016)
WOSU: The History of U.S. Political Conventions (2016)
WOSU: Political Scientist Says Kasich Presidential Campaign Appears To Be Over (2016)
WOSU: Democratic Socialism, Deconstructed (2016)
Media Relations: Election 2016: Ohio Politics (2016)
Mershon Center: Elections project website comes to Mershon (2015)
Media Relations: Early voting in Ohio (2012)
Media Relations: Importance of Presidential Debates (2012)
Media Relations: Implications of Ohio Primary on GOP Nomination (2012)
Media Relations: What Is Going Through Minds of Republican Voters (2012)
Media Relations: Ohio Senate Bill 5 (2011)
Media Relations: Redistricting in Ohio (2011)
Media Relations: Recall legislation in Ohio (2011)
Media Relations: Student voting (2010)
Media Relations: Democrats need to be concerned (2010)
Media Relations: President Obama and the Democratic Party (2009)

Mershon Projects
Comparative National Elections Project IV, with Richard Gunther and William Liddle (2017-18)
Mershon Center Conference of the Comparative National Elections Project, with Richard Gunther, William "Chip" Eveland, and Erik Nisbet (2016-17)
Consolidating and Institutionalizing the Comparative National Election Project, with Richard Gunther, William "Chip" Eveland, and Erik Nisbet (2014-15)
The Fourth Wave of Democratization and the Comparative National Elections Project, with Richard Gunther, Chip Eveland, Erik Nisbet, and William Liddle (2013-14)
Comparative National Elections Project, with Richard Gunther, Chip Eveland, and Erik Nisbet (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13)
Democracy Studies Speaker Series (2011-12)