Douglas Dion

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Associate Professor
351 SH
Drop-in hours:
Th 4:00–5:30pm, F 1:00–2:30pm, and by appointment
Phone number:
(319) 335-2538

Research Areas

American Politics
Political Theory
Political Methodology
Formal Theory


Douglas Dion is an Associate Professor of Political Science. He is primarily interested in the intersection of formal models, democratic theory and American political history. His book "Turning the Legislative Thumbscrew" (Michigan, 1997) analyzes why majorities within legislatures take away minority rights to obstruct legislation at certain times rather than others.  He has also published a paper providing a Bayesian defense for small-n case studies of necessary conditions.  His current work includes collaboration with Gail Buttorff (University of Kansas) applying a game-theoretic analysis of electoral boycotts and regime shifts to authoritarian politics in the Middle East and North Africa as well as a historical study of anti-Catholicism in American political development.


PhD, University of Michigan, 1991


  • (Author): Douglas Dion. 2011. “Majority Rule and Minority Rights.” In Oxford Handbook of Congress, ed. Eric Schickler and Frances Lee. NY: Oxford University Press.
  • (Literary Executor): Fuwa, Elf. 2010. “How to Choose Faculty.” Journal of Irreproducible Results 51(3):33-35.