Joseph Zimmerman

Electoral systems scholar researches impact of elections on minorities and women

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Joseph Zimmerman

Professor Emeritus
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: Political Science

Electoral systems; federalism; the impact of elections on minorities and women

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Professor Zimmerman is the author of numerous books and articles in journals relating to federalism (national-state relations, national-local relations, interstate relations, and state-local relations), state and local governments, electoral systems, and public administration.

He has served as a consultant to the United States Government, state governments, and local governments.

Zimmerman received the 1999 Distinguished Federalism Scholar award from the American Political Science Association and serves on the executive committee of the American Political Science Association's section on Representation and Electoral Systems, where he was chairman for several years.

He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and has taught at Clark University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.