Bernard Tamas Portrait

Bernard Tamas

Associate Professor

  • PhD
    Rutgers University

Dr. Tamas’ research interests include American third parties, electoral systems, and measurement theory. His latest book traces the decline and reemergence of third parties in the United States since the Civil War and argues that these parties are currently in the best position for revival in over a century. Dr. Tamas has held a Fulbright scholarship to the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where he conducted research on political parties that emerged after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Dr. Tamas was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-MIT Data Center at Harvard University. Prior to joining VSU, Dr. Tamas was a visiting research scholar at Columbia University and has previously taught at Illinois State University, Williams College, and Brandeis University. He also worked as a software developer and database programmer at Princeton University.

Areas of Concentration

  • American Government
  • Elections and Political Parties
  • Electoral Systems
  • Research Methodology

Selected Publications

  • Bernard Tamas (2018), The Demise and Rebirth of American Third Parties: Poised for Political Revival? New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Bernard Tamas (2017), "Does Fusion Undermine American Third Parties? An Analysis of House Elections from 1870 to 2016." New Political Science 39(4).
  • Bernard Tamas and Matthew Hindman (2014), “Ballot Access Laws and the Decline of American Third-Parties”, Election Law Journal 13(2): 260-276.
  • Bernard Ivan Tamas (2008), From Dissident to Party Politics: The Struggle For Democracy in Post-Communist Hungary, 1989-1994. Boulder, CO: East European Monographs, Columbia University Press.
  • Gardenia Harris, Bernard Ivan Tamas, and Nancy S. Lind (2007), Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy: Right Versus Left. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Nancy S. Lind and Bernard Ivan Tamas (2006), Bush Controversies: Pro & Con Primary Documents. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press.