Robert Rohrschneider, Distinguished Professor of Political Science
  • Sir Robert Worcester Distinguished Professor
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Political Science


Ph.D., Florida State University, 1989


Comparative public opinion and parties; European politics; German politics; research methodology.


Teaching interests:

  • Political representation
  • European Union
  • German Politics
  • the link between institutions and attitudes and behavior
  • political culture
  • democratization
  • global environmental movements
  • elections
  • and political parties
  • political elites
  • research methodology

Selected Publications

Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger, and Robert Rohrschneider. “Inept: Voter Perceptions of Party Incompetence in German Federal Elections .” Journal Articles. Party Politics 26, no. 4 (2020): 390–401.

Rohrschneider, Robert, and Jacques Thomassen, eds. Oxford Handbook of Political Representation in Liberal Democracies. Books. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2020.

Rohrschneider, Robert, and Stephen Whitefield. “Critical Parties: How Parties Evaluate the Performance of Democracies.” Journal Articles. British Journal of Political Science 49, no. 1 (January 1, 2019): 355–79.

Dalton, Russell  J., and Robert Rohrschneider. “Politics in Germany.” Book Chapters. In Comparative Politics Today, edited by Bingham Powell, Melanie Manion, and Kaare Strom, 2018.

Rohrschneider, Robert, and Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, eds. The 2013 Federal Election in Germany. Books. London,UK: Routledge, 2018.

Rohrschneider, Robert, and Stephen Whitefield. “Party Positions about European Integration in Germany: An Electoral Quandary?” Journal Articles. German Politics 26, no. 1 (January 1, 2017): 83–103.

Poppa, Sebastian, Robert Rohrschneider, and Hermann Schmitt. “Polarizing Without Legitimizing: The Effect of Lead Candidates’ Campaigns on Perceptions of the EU Democracy.” Journal Articles. Electoral Studies, no. 44 (November 30, 2016): 469–82.

Rohrschneider, Robert, and Hermann Schmitt, eds. “Special Symposium. The 2014 European Parliamentary Elections.” Journal Articles. Electoral Studies, November 30, 2016.

Rohrschneider, Robert, and Stephen Whitefield. “Responding to Growing EU-Skepticism? The Stances of Political Parties Towards European Integration in Western and Eastern Europe Following the Financial Crisis.” Journal Articles. European Union Politics 17, no. 1 (February 10, 2016): 138–61.

Dalton, Russell J, and Robert Rohrschneider, eds. “Environmental Concerns During a Time of Duress.” Journal Articles. Environmental Politics 24, no. 4 (June 1, 2015).

Rohrschneider, Robert. “Is There a Regional Cleavage in Germany’s Party System? Ideological Congruence in Germany 1980-2013.” Journal Articles. German Politics 24, no. 3 (June 1, 2015): 354–76.

Rohrschneider, Robert, and Matthew Miles. “Representation through Parties? Environmental Attitudes and Party Stances in Europe in 2013.” Journal Articles. Environmental Politics 24, no. 4 (June 1, 2015): 617–40.

Whitefield, Stephen, and Robert Rohrschneider. “The Salience of European Integration to Party Competition: Western and Eastern Europe Compared.” Journal Articles. East European Politics and Society 29, no. 1 (January 2015): 12-39.

Rohrschneider, Robert, Mark Peffley, and Matthew Miles. “The Structure and Sources of Global Environmental Attitudes.” Book Chapters. In The Civic Culture Transformed: From Allegiant to Assertive Citizenship, edited by Christian Welzel and Russell J. Dalton, 193–212. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Rohrschneider, Robert, and Mark Peflley. “The Multiple Basis of Democratic Support: Procedural Representation and Governmental Outputs.” Book Chapters. In Elections and Democracy: Representation and Accountability., edited by Jacques Thomassen, 181–200. Oxford: Oxcord University Press, 2014.

Rohrschneider, Robert. “Unified but Different: East and West German Voters in the 2013 Federal Election of Germany.” Book Chapters. In Voters and Elections. The 2009 Federal Election in Germany , edited by Bernhard Wessels, Harald Schoen, and Oscar W. Gabriel, 360–79. Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2013.

Rohrschneider, Robert, and Stephen Whitefield. “Institutional Context and Representational Strain in Party-Voter Agreement in Western and Eastern Europe.” Journal Articles. West European Politics 35, no. 6 (January 15, 2013): 1320–40.

Rohrschneider, Robert, and Stephen Whitefield. “The Strain of Representation: How Parties Represent Diverse Voters in Western and Eastern Europe.” Other. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Awards & Honors

Fuhlbright U.S. Scholar Award to travel to Austria to conduct research 

on European illiberal parties


Guest Professorship

University of Vienna

2016 - 2017

Fulbright Visiting Professorship, University of Oxford



Grants & Other Funded Activity

Party Representation in Turbulent Times. British Academy. $13881.00. Submitted 6/1/2017 (1/1/2018 - 6/30/2019). Foreign (company, govt, agencies, etc.). Status: Funded