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Gary Moncrief

Emeritus Faculty
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Political Science

Contact Information

Phone: 208.426.3686
Office: ERB 3143
Mail Stop: 1935

Office Hours: Fall 2014
We 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Fr 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


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  • POLS 402-001: Campaigns and Elections

Curriculum Vitae

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Research Interests

Dr. Gary Moncrief is a University Foundation Research Scholar and University Distinguished Professor of Political Science.

Dr. Moncrief received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and  Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. In addition to serving on the BSU faculty for over 30 years, he has been a visiting professor at the University of Washington and Rutgers University. Dr. Moncrief has published six books and more than 55 journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of state politics — especially state legislatures. Dr. Moncrief is a frequent speaker at meetings and workshops for state officials around the country.

Why States Matter
When it comes to voting, taxes, environmental regulations, social services, education, criminal justice, political parties, property rights, gun control, marriage and a whole host of other modern American issues, the state in which a citizen resides makes a difference.


Dr. Moncrief published his book Reapportionment and Redistricting in the West in 2011. In Reapportionment and Redistricting in the West, Dr. Moncrief brings together some of the best-known scholars in American state and electoral politics to explore the unique processes and problems of redistricting in the western United States.

In February 2012 Dr. Moncrief was interviewed by Boise State Public Radio’s Samantha Wright about his new book.  You can listen to the interview here.




Dr. Moncrief published his book State Legislatures Today: Politics Under the Domes with Peverill Squire in 2010.  State Legislatures Today is designed as a supplement for State and Local courses and upper level courses on legislative politics.



More of Dr. Moncrief’s publications can be viewed on ScholarWorks.


Beyond the Blue: Congressional Redistricting: How the Process Works
Reapportionment and redistricting are an integral, and often controversial, component of the American political process. In this podcast, Boise State professor Gary Moncrief discusses the important terminology and theories involved, as well as the history of redistricting in the United States, and how redistricting issues are different in various regions of the country.