James Coleman Battista


James Coleman Battista.

James Coleman Battista


James Coleman Battista


Scholarly Interests

Legislative politics; state politics; formal modeling; quantitative methods

Contact Information

421 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-8438



Jim Battista is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at UB. His work focuses on how legislatures organize themselves to do business, and what the consequences of different styles of organization are. His work has been published in American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Review of Politics, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. He joined the department in the fall of 2007, having previously served on the faculty of the University of North Texas.


  • PhD, Duke University
  • MA, Duke University,
  • BA, University of Virginia

Current Research

State legislative committee composition, state legislative party strength, legislative voting inside committees, new methods of estimating legislator preferences.

Courses Taught

  • PSC 101 – Introduction to American Politics
  • PSC 502 – Research Methods
  • PSC 508 – Introduction to Statistics

Selected Publications