Adam Bonica

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. My research is at the intersection of data science and politics. My research interests include money in politics, campaigns and elections, judicial politics, and political methodology. My research has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, and JAMA Internal Medicine.

You can access my Google Scholar page here and my CV here.


Inferring Roll Call Scores from Campaign Contributions Using Supervised Machine Learning. Forthcoming. American Journal of Political Science.

Professional Networks, Early Fundraising, and Electoral Success. 2017. Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. 16(1), pp. 153-171.

A Common-space Scaling of the American Judiciary and Legal Profession. 2017. Joint with Maya Sen. Political Analysis. 21(5), pp. 114-121. (Replication Materials).

Measuring Judicial Ideology Using Clerk Hiring. 2017. Joint with Adam Chilton, Jacob Goldin, Kyle Rozema, and Maya Sen. American Law and Economics Review. 19(1), pp. 129-161

The Political Ideologies of Law Clerks. 2017. Joint with Adam Chilton, Jacob Goldin, Kyle Rozema, and Maya Sen. American Law and Economics Review. 19(1), pp. 96-128

A Data-Driven Voter Guide for U.S. Elections: Adapting Quantitative Measures of Preferences and Priorities of Political Elites to Help Voters Learn About Candidates. 2016. The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 2(7), pp. 11-32. (Replication Materials).

Avenues of Influence: On the Political Expenditures of Corporations and Their Directors and Executives. 2016. Business and Politics, 18(4), pp. 367-394. (Replication Materials)

The Political Ideologies of American Lawyers. 2016. Joint with Adam Chilton and Maya Sen. Journal of Legal Analysis, 8(2), pp. 277-335.

Institutions and Ideology in the Presidential Appointment of Public Bureaucrats. 2015. Joint with Jowei Chen and Timothy Johnson. Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 10(1), pp. 5-40. (Replication Materials)

The Political Alignment of Physicians in the United States: An Update of Campaign Contributions to the Congressional Midterm Federal Elections in 2014. 2015. Joint with Howard Rosenthal and David Rothman. JAMA Internal Medicine, 175(7), pp. 1236-1237.

A Common-Space Measure of State Supreme Court Ideology. 2015. Joint with Michael Woodruff. Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 31(3), pp. 472-498. (Replication Materials)

Measuring Public Spending Preferences Using an Interactive Budgeting Questionnaire. 2015. Research & Politics, 2(2).

The Political Polarization of Physicians in the United States: An Analysis of Campaign Contributions to Federal Elections, 1991-2012. 2014. Joint with Howard Rosenthal and David Rothman. JAMA Internal Medicine. 174(8), pp. 1308-1317. (Replication Materials)

Mapping the Ideological Marketplace. 2014. American Journal of Political Science, 58(2), pp. 367-387. (Replication Materials)

The Punctuated Origins of Senate Polarization. 2014. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 39(1), pp. 5-26.

Breaching the Biennial Limit: Why The FEC Has Failed to Enforce Aggregate Hard-Money Limits and How Record Linkage Technology Can Help. 2013. Joint with Jenny Shen. Willamette University Law Review, 49(4), pp. 536-602.

Why Hasn't Democracy Slowed Rising Inequality? 2013. Joint with Nolan McCarty, Keith Poole, and Howard Rosenthal. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 27(3), pp. 103-24.

Ideology and Interests in the Political Marketplace. 2013. American Journal of Political Science, 57(2), pp. 294-311. (Replication Materials)

Working Papers

Why Are There So Many Lawyers in Congress?

Ideological Migration in the U.S. Congress: Out of step but still in office. Joint with Gary Cox.

The Politics of Selecting the Bench from the Bar: The Legal Profession and Partisan Incentives to Introduce Ideology Into Judicial Selection. Joint with Maya Sen.

The Wealth Elasticity of Political Contributions by the Forbes 400. Joint with Howard Rosenthal.

Influence and Ideology in the American Judiciary: Evidence from Supreme Court Law Clerks. Joint with Adam Chilton, Jacob Goldin, Kyle Rozema, and Maya Sen.

The Legal Academy's Ideological Uniformity. Joint with Adam Chilton, Kyle Rozema, and Maya Sen.