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Boris Shor

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Houston
Associated Faculty, Hobby School of Public Affairs


Expertise: State legislatures, political polarization, representation and health policy

Career Highlights: Using roll call voting data and candidate survey responses, Boris Shor co-created the data project on state legislative ideology and polarization containing estimates of ideological positions of more than 25,000 individual legislators in all 50 states spanning the past two decades.  

Shor has been awarded major grants from the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. He is the co-author of Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State (Princeton University Press), and is currently working on a new book about the politics of health policy in the states. He has published work in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, American Politics Research, the State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Political Analysis, and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. He has taught undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students throughout his career.   

Shor has been a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy at UC Berkeley and a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. He has a Political Science Ph.D. and M.A. from Columbia University and an B.A. from Princeton University.