Larry Jacobs

Larry Jacobs - Professor
Professor, Public Affairs
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Twin Cities

Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies

Director, Center for the Study of Politics and Government

  • Law and Policy
  • 2024 Elections
  • Health policy
  • Politics


Larry Jacobs, Ph.D., is the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies and director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute and Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. His center is a preeminent hub for political and policy analysis in the Midwest.

Jacobs has published 16 books and edited volumes and dozens of articles on elections, legislative and presidential politics, elections and public opinion, and a range of public policies, including health care reform and American politics. Jacobs co-edits the “Chicago Series in American Politics” for the University of Chicago, and his research has been recognized by numerous prizes.

Jacobs has made regular presentations at the National Press Club and is a regular political commentator in Minnesota and nationwide.

Notable Achievements

  • Author of nearly 100 articles and 14 books, including a forthcoming book on American presidents and a new project on the Federal Reserve
  • Recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the prestigious Investigator Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and book awards from the American Political Science Association and the American Sociological Association
  • Member of the National Academy of Social Insurance
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