Thad Kousser is an Associate Professor of Political Science at University of California, San Diego. He was a visiting Associate Professor of Political Science at the Center, and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has authored, co-authored, or edited the books Term Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism (Cambridge, 2005), Adapting to Term Limits: Recent Experiences and New Directions (PPIC, 2004), The New Political Geography of California (Berkeley Public Policy Press, 2008), and The Logic of American Politics, 4th Edition (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2009).
His work has also been published or forthcoming in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Legislative Studies Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. He is a recipient of the UC San Diego Academic Senate's Distinguished Teaching Award, the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award, and he serves as co-editor of the journal State Politics and Policy Quarterly. He has also worked as a staff assistant in the California, New Mexico, and United States Senates.