Ethan Scheiner is a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis

Research and Teaching Focus

  • Comparative Politics, Politics & Sports, Japanese Politics, Political Parties, Electoral Systems, Elections

Education & Previous Experience

  • 2002-2004:  Stanford University, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for International Studies
  • 2001-2002:  Harvard University, Advanced Research Fellow in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
  • 2001:  Ph.D., Political Science, Duke University
  • 1998:  M.A., Political Science, Duke University
  • 1994:  M.A., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1991:  B.A., Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz


Professor Scheiner has published articles on political parties, elections and electoral systems in the American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, Japanese Journal of Political Science, Journal of East Asian Studies, Journal of Japanese Studies, and Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Professor Scheiner’s courses present substantively interesting events in a fun manner to help students learn to better analyze the world around them.

  • In Politics & Sports (POL12A), students learn about world and American politics of the 20th century through fascinating sports stories.
  • In Comparative Electoral Systems (POL140A), students learn how the rules we use to elect politicians shape the kind of politics we end up with.
  • In Introduction to Comparative Politics (POL2), students learn how to use social science approaches to better understand the world around them.
  • He also teaches a number of courses on comparative politics and research design at the graduate level.

For other information on his work, please see Professor Scheiner’s CV.