Henry E. Brady Receives the 2021 Frank J. Goodnow Award

The Frank J. Goodnow Award is presented annually by the American Political Science Association (APSA) to honor distinguished service to the profession and the Association.   

Henry E. Brady, Ph.D. Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Former Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley, California; Former Director, Survey Research Center, University of California, Berkeley; Former President, American Political Science Association 

Henry Brady is the Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as dean of the Goldman School Public Policy for twelve years from 2009 to 2021 where he added two new Masters’ degree programs, increased the size and diversity of the faculty and student body, and put the school on a strong financial footing that allowed it to weather COVID and recession.  In 2021 US News and World Report rated GSPP the number one public policy analysis school and number four public affairs school in the nation.  Brady received his Ph.D. in Economics and Political Science from MIT in 1980.  

He has written on electoral politics and political participation, social welfare policy, political polling, and statistical methodology, and he has worked for the federal Office of Management and Budget and other organizations in Washington, D.C.  He is past president of the American Political Science Association, Fellow of the Society for Political Methodology, and served as Director of the University of California’s Survey Research Center from 1998 to 2009. He is co-author of Letting the People Decide: Dynamics of a Canadian Election (1992) which won the Harold Innis Award for the best book in the social sciences published in English in Canada.  He is co-author of Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics (1995) which won the Philip Converse Award for a book making a lasting contribution to public opinion research and the AAPOR book award for influential books that have stimulated theoretical and scientific research in public opinion.  He is also co-author of Expensive Children in Poor Families: The Intersection of Childhood Disability and Welfare (2000), coauthor of Counting All the Votes: The Performance of Voting Technology in the United States (2001), and co-author of The Unheavenly Chorus Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy (2012).  He is co-editor of and contributor to Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards (2004 and 2010) which won the Sartori Award for best book on qualitative methods and which has appeared in Japanese and Chinese editions, Capturing Campaign Effects (2006), and the Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology (2008).  His most recent book is Unequal and Unrepresented:  Political Inequality and the People’s Voice in the New Gilded Age (2018).  Henry Brady has also authored numerous articles on political participation, political methodology, data science, the dynamics of public opinion, and other topics.  

He was elected a Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2003 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006. 

Citation from the Award Committee:  

Professor Henry E. Brady has achieved distinction in each of the areas of service recognized by the Frank J. Goodnow Award of the American Political Science Association. In service to the profession of political science, Professor Brady served as Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, 2009 – June, 2021, and as the Class of 1941 Monroe Deutch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, 2003 to present. He also served as the Director, Survey Research Center, January, 1999 to July 31, 2009, prior to accepting the deanship of the Goldman School of Public Policy. In his management of the Survey Research Center, Professor Brady implemented in practice the skills of political methodology and survey research that distinguished his academic work.  His leadership in survey research was recognized by the Society for Political Methodology in awarding him the Career Achievement Award of 2012. His work in survey research, along with co-authors Sidney Verba and Kay Schlozman, was acknowledged by the American Association of Public Opinion Research in conferring their 2012 Book Award on the now-classic book, Voice and Equality, Harvard University Press.  

Professor Brady has shown a particular commitment to the American Political Science Association in terms of leadership, guidance, and vision. He served as President of the Association in 2009-2010, and prior to that term, as Vice-President in 2006-2007, and as Treasurer of the Association. During these terms of service, Professor Brady was a steady voice for openness in the profession and support for women and minority groups in the Association. His leadership and excellence in scholarship was recognized by other professional associations as well. He was named a Founding Fellow of the Society for Political Methodology and was elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Fall, 2006 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2003. 

Throughout his distinguished administrative and research career, Professor Brady kept a strong commitment to teaching and to mentoring students in public policy and research methods. As dean of the Goldman School, he held regular meetings with students who were coping with shutdowns of the campus in 2018 and 2019, as California struggled with wildfires and power shut-offs that also threatened students’ families in other parts of the state. Dean Brady listened thoughtfully to the students’ concerns and responded by arranging counseling sessions to assist students in coping with stress. His former students are scholars and policy analysts in their own right, many playing significant roles in their communities and in national policy debates.  For these reasons and more, we are pleased to confer the 2021 Frank J. Goodnow Award on Professor Henry E. Brady, University of California, Berkeley.  


APSA thanks the committee members for their service: Louise Comfort (Chair), University of Pittsburgh; Frederick Boehmke, University of Iowa, and Lorenzo Morris, Howard University.