Heather Stoll

Associate Professor

Office Location

Ellison 3715


Comparative Politics, Political Parties and Elections, Political Institutions, Political representation, Quantitative Methods 

Ph.D., Stanford University, 2005


Professor Stoll’s research interests range from comparative politics to political methodology.  Her substantive interests focus on democratic representation; political parties and elections; social cleavages; and political institutions.  She has regional expertise in the advanced industrial democracies, particularly in Western Europe and Israel. 

Prior to joining the faculty at UCSB in 2005, Stoll spent a year as a research fellow at the Center for Basic Research in the Social Sciences at Harvard University.  She also has an M.S. in statistics from Stanford University and an M.Phil in politics from the University of Oxford.  Her Stanford Ph.D. dissertation was a co-recipient of the 2005 Seymour Martin Lipset Award for the best dissertation in the comparative field by the Society for Comparative Research.

Stoll’s recent book, Changing Societies, Changing Party Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2013), studies how changes in society shape democratic party systems, as well as how political institutions condition that process.  Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Statistical SoftwareComparative Political Studies; the Journal of PoliticsParty Politics; and West European Politics.  She is currently at work on another book project, several articles, and a new research project on bureaucracy in comparative perspective.


PS 15               Introduction to Research in Political Science (Undergraduate)

PS 116             Political Consequences of Electoral Laws (Undergraduate)

PS 149            Israeli Politics (Undergraduate)

PS 195             Junior Honors Seminar (Undergraduate)

PS 196             Senior Seminar:  Designing Democratic Governments

PS 197A-C       Departmental Honors Program (Undergraduate)

PS 205             Political Methodology I (Graduate)

PS 206             Political Methodology II (Graduate)

PS 235             Political Institutions (Graduate)

PS 251             Political Representation (Graduate)