William T Bernhard

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Professor
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Additional Campus Affiliations


  • Ph.D., Duke University, 1996
  • M.A., Duke University, 1991
  • B.A., Cornell University, 1988

Selected Publications


Bernhard, William, and Tracy Sulkin Legislative Styles Chicago, IL University of Chicago Press 2018.
Bernhard, William, and David Leblang Pricing Politics: Democratic Processes and Financial Markets New York Cambridge University Press 2006.
Bernhard, William Banking on Reform: Political Parties and Central Bank Independence in the Industrial Democracies Ann Arbor University of Michigan Press 2002.

Journal Articles

Sulkin, Tracy, Dan Sewell, and William Bernhard Legislative Styles in the U.S. House of Representatives Legislative Studies Quarterly 2017.
Pemstein, Dan, Steve Meserve, and William Bernhard Gender, Incumbency, and Party List Nominations in European Elections British Journal of Political Science 2017.
Bernhard, William, and David Leblang Sovereign Debt, Migration Pressure, and Political Survival Comparative Political Studies 47 7 2016, p. 907-38.
Sewell, D, Y. Chen, T. Sulkin, and William Bernhard Model-Based Longitudinal Clustering Statistica Sinica 26 1 2016, p. 205-33.
Bernhard, William, S. Meserve, and D. Pemstein Brussels Bound: Policy Experience and Candidate Selection in European Elections Comparative Political Studies 48 11 2015, p. 205-33.
Bernhard, William, and Tracy Sulkin Commitment and Consequences: Reneging on Cosponsorship Pledges in the U.S. House Legislative Studies Quarterly 38 4 2013, p. 461-89.
Bernhard, William, S. Meserve, and D. Pemstein Political Ambition and Legislative Behavior in the European Parliament Journal of Politics 71 3 2009, p. 1-18.
Bernhard, William, and David Leblang Coalition Collapses and Currency Crashes Political Research Quarterly 61 2008, p. 516-531.

In The News

  • For their latest book William Bernhard and Tracy Sulkin studied 20 years of data on the U.S. House of Representatives. They discovered five distinct legislative styles that describe the ways that members of Congress focus their time, effort and resources. The U of I News Bureau spoke with Dr.