Bernard Tamas Portrait

Bernard Tamas

Associate Professor

  • PhD
    Rutgers University

Dr. Tamas is an expert on elections, electoral bias, and US third parties. His current research on electoral bias in US elections is funded by the MIT Election Data and Science Lab and the American Political Science AssociationHe has held a Fulbright scholarship to the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and 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 at Princeton University. His most recent book is The Demise and Rebirth of American Third Parties (2018). Dr. Tamas is a frequent political commentator on current issues and has been interviewed by ABC News (US), CBC News (Canada) and RFI (France). His research has also been published in several media outlets including The Washington PostPoliticoAssociated Press, and Governing  

Areas of Concentration

  • American Government 
  • Elections and Political Parties 
  • US Third Parties 
  • Electoral Systems and Electoral Bias
  • Research Methodology 

Selected Publications

  • Bernard Tamas (2019), “American Disproportionality: A Historical Analysis of Partisan Bias in Elections to the U.S. House of Representatives Election Law Journal 18(1): 47-62.  
  • 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.