Richard Bensel

Gary S. Davis Professor of Government
Cornell University

Richard Bensel is Associate Chair and the Gary S. Davis Professor of Government at Cornell University. He is the author of, most recently, Passion and Preferences: William Jennings Bryan and the 1896 Democratic National Convention (Cambridge University Press, 2008), The American Ballot Box in the Mid-Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2004), and The Political Economy of American Industrialization, 1877-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 2000). Among his other publications are Yankee Leviathan: The Origins of Central State Authority in America, 1859-1877 (Cambridge University Press, 1991) and Sectionalism and American Political Development, 1880-1980 (University of Wisconsin Press, 1984).