Professor of Political Science
California Institute of Technology
1200 East California Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91125
United States

R. Michael Alvarez is a Professor of Political Science at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. He is currently co-director of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project. In his academic career, Dr. Alvarez has published three books: two on electoral politics and public opinion, and one on Internet voting. He is currently collaborating with Thad E. Hall on a book on the e-voting controversy, which will be published by Princeton University Press in 2006. The author of scores of research papers and monographs, Alvarez focuses on the electoral process, voting behavior, and public opinion. Alvarez has received research grants for his work from a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation and a number of private foundations. He has received numerous awards for his research and professional work, most recently being named as one of the “Scientific American 50” for his work on voting technology in 2004. Alvarez received his B.A. in political science from Carleton College in 1986 and his Ph.D. in political science from Duke University in 1992