Peverill Squire Peverill Squire

Hicks and Martha Griffiths Chair in American Political Institutions

Field: American Politics
Office: 309 Professional Bldg.
Phone: 573-882-0097
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Peverill Squire joined the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri in 2007.  He holds his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (1986).  Professor Squire previously taught at the University of Iowa and has been a visiting professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan, and a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, holding the John Marshall Chair in Political Science at the Budapest (Hungary) University of Economic Sciences. He is senior editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly.  Professor Squire specializes in American politics and legislative studies.

Research Statement

My research focuses primarily on American politics, with particular emphasis on legislative institutions and elections.  In recent years my work has revolved around questions of how and why legislatures as organizations change over time.  During the longer course of my career I have had an abiding interest in the interaction between political careers and political institutions.  In examining these questions I have typically concentrated on looking at Congress and state legislatures, but in the last few years I have expanded the scope of my work to include American colonial assemblies and representative assemblies outside the United States.

Courses Taught

  • American Government (PS 1100)
  • State Government (PS 2100)
  • Congress and Legislative Policy (PS 4140)
  • American Political Institutions (PS 9140)
  • Legislative Institutions (PS 9170)
  • The Evolution of American Legislatures, 1619 to the Present (PS 9175)

Recent Representative Publications

Moncrief, Gary, and Peverill Squire.  2013.  Why States Matter.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield.

Squire, Peverill.  2012.  The Evolution of American Legislatures:  Colonies, Territories, and States, 1619-2009.  Ann Arbor, MI:  University of Michigan Press.

Squire, Peverill, and Gary Moncrief.  2010.  State Legislatures Today:  Politics Under the Domes.  Boston, MA:  Longman.

Squire, Peverill, and Keith E. Hamm.  2005.  101 Chambers: Congress, State Legislatures, and the Future of Legislative Studies.  Columbus, OH:  Ohio State University Press.

Loewenberg, Gerhard, Peverill Squire, and D. Roderick Kiewiet, eds.  2002.  Legislatures:  Comparative Perspectives on Representative AssembliesAnn Arbor, MI:University of Michigan Press.

Moncrief, Gary F., Peverill Squire, and Malcolm E. Jewell.  2001.  Who Runs for the Legislature?  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.

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