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Robert Bruhl, PhD

Clinical Professor

Political Science


Office Phone:

(312) 413-3775

CV Download:

Bruhl CV 10.5.20



Fields of Interest:

Policy analysis, Research Methods, Statistics, American Government, Legislative Politics, Voting and Elections, Economics, Economic Historical Analysis, Public Policy Analysis, Strategic Analysis, Leadership, and Group Decision-Making


Professional Experience:

Before entering the academic world, I enjoyed a career in the private sector, holding various positions in management consulting, marketing, and business planning.

Selected Publications

Understanding Statistical Analysis and Modeling, Sage, 2018.  A textbook emphasizing the reasoning behind statistical analysis, with a focus on probability theory.

Notable Honors

1996, 1997, University Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago

1996, Travel Award, American Political Science Association

2019, Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Illinois at Chicago


Ph.D., Public Policy Analysis–Political Science (Phi Kappa Phi), University of Illinois at Chicago, 2000
M.B.A., Business Economics, University of Chicago, 1982
M.S., Computer and Communication Science, University of Michigan, 1980
B.A., Mathematics (Phi Beta Kappa), Northwestern University, 1973

Selected Presentations

“Why I won’t ride in a self-driving car,” The Michigan Engineer, Spring, 2019.  A brief discussion on the theoretical limits of Artificial Intelligence.

Preview comments on President Trump’s Oval Office address regarding the Federal Government Shutdown and Immigration, recorded interview for 4:00 p.m. news, WLS-TV, January 8, 2019

“More Labor Mobility Would Help Fill Jobs,” Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2018

“Response Bias May Have Misled Polls,” Daily Herald, November 19, 2016

“After the Voting Rights Act of 1965: Some Statistical Findings on Voting and Registration Behavior,” presented to the League of Women Voters, Naperville, Illinois, October 12, 2016.

“A Model of Electoral Politics as a Market Exchange,” presented at the 11th Annual International Conference of the Western Economics Association International, Wellington, New Zealand, 2015

“Explaining Party Polarization Given Voters with Convergent Preferences: A Marketing Model of Branding”; American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 2014

Research Currently in Progress

Electoral Politics as Brand Marketing.  This book introduces a strategic/psychological model of voting that accommodates the ways in which marketing efforts can affect the voter demand function for competing candidates.

Understanding the American Polity.  A book focusing on the social, historical, and economic aspects of the founding of the American Republic.

“Labor demand, wages, economic growth, and foreign trade.” A research paper in progress.

“Democracy, Market Exchange, and the Social Contract between Producers and Consumers as Employers and Workers.”  An essay in progress.