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Professor of Political Science and Public Policy; Consultant, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Christian Grose is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is the Academic Director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy. He served as the Director of the Political Science and International Relations Ph.D. program in USC Dornsife College from 2015-18.

He is the author of more than 30 articles and chapters about American politics, public policy; legislative politics; executive politics; race and ethnicity; and political representation; including in the American Political Science Review; the American Journal of Political Science; the Journal of Politics; the British Journal of Political Science; Political Research Quarterly; and Legislative Studies Quarterly. His book Congress in Black and White (Cambridge University Press), about the best ways to redistrict to protect voting rights, won the best book on race and politics award from the American Political Science Association. His research has been funded by the Russell Sage Foundation, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and the MIT Election Data Science Center. Grose's research has been profiled in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed, the Houston Chronicle, National Public Radio, NBC, and other media outlets.

Grose directs USC’s Fair Maps and Political Reform Lab, where researchers, students, and policy practitioners work together to generate new ideas to reform American democracy. He is also an expert in political reforms and voting rights, including the top-two primary and the independent redistricting commission. His research often uses field and survey experimental techniques to answer questions about public policy, political institutions, and elite behavior. Some of this research involves partnerships with practitioners and the community. Dr. Grose has served as an expert witness and consultant on voting rights, racially polarized voting, redistricting, and statistical modeling of political and social outcomes.

In 2020, Dr. Grose was named the Herman Brown Distinguished Scholar, an award given annually to a U.S. political scientist. He previously received the CQ Press award for the best paper on legislative studies presented at the American Political Science Association meeting. He is also a previous recipient of the Carl Albert award for the best dissertation in legislative politics from the American Political Science Association.

Grose has experience conducting innovative teaching and scholarship via both virtual online and in-person platforms.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences