Peverill Squire

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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 have changed over time. During the longer course of my career I have had an abiding interest in the interaction between political careers and political institutions.


Peverill Squire joined the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri in 2007 and holds the Hicks and Martha Griffiths Chair in American Political Institutions. His Ph.D. is 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 was senior editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly for many years, has served as chair of the American Political Science Association’s Legislative Studies Section and as co-chair of the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee of Legislative Specialists, and was given the 2018 Career Achievement Award by the American Political Science Association’s State Politics and Policy Section. Professor Squire specializes in American politics and legislative studies.

Courses Taught
  • State Government (PS 2100)
  • Congress and Legislative Policy (PS 4140)
  • American Political Institutions (PS 9140)
  • American State Politics (PS 9145)
  • Legislative Institutions (PS 9170)
  • The Evolution of American Legislatures, 1619 to the Present (PS 9175)
Selected Publications

Squire, Peverill. 2021. The Right of Instruction and Representation in American Legislatures, 1778 to 1900. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Moncrief, Gary, and Peverill Squire. 2021. Why States Matter, 3rd ed. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Squire, Peverill, and Gary Moncrief. 2020. State Legislatures Today: Politics under the Domes, 3rd ed. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Squire, Peverill. 2017. The Rise of the Representative: Lawmakers and Constituents in Colonial America. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

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

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

Loewenberg, Gerhard, Peverill Squire, and D. Roderick Kiewiet, ed. 2002. Legislatures: Comparative Perspectives on Representative Assemblies. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

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

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