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Bill Franko stands in front of a blank wall. He is wearing a black shirt and has a shaved bald head with a full beard and mustache.

William Franko

Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor

Professor Franko studies political and economic inequality and class politics in the United States. In trying to better understand the relationships among class, inequality, and politics, his research focuses on the public’s attitudes about income inequality and redistribution, the influence of participation bias on political outcomes, how political decisions shape the income distribution, and the role of class identity in American politics. Franko is co-author of The New Economic Populism: How States Respond to Economic Inequality (Oxford University Press), which won the 2018 Virginia Gray Best Book Award. His work has been published in numerous academic journals, including the Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, the Policy Studies Journal, and Political Research Quarterly.

PhD, University of Iowa, 2012

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