Richard Murray

Personal Information

                Born:             Baton Rouge, Louisiana
                                     September 23, 1940

                Office:           Department of Political Science
                                     University of Houston
                                     Houston, Texas 77204-3474

                                    Office Phone: (713) 743-3909
                                    Office Fax: (713) 743-3927
                                    Office Email:

                Home:          3110 Underwood
                                    Houston, Texas 77025
                                    Phone: (713) 667-2006


               B.A. Government, Louisiana State University, 1962

               M.A. Government, Louisiana State University, 1963

               Ph.D. Political Science, University of Minnesota, 1967

Academic Appointments

            Director, Center for Public Policy, University of Houston, 1996 –

            Professor, Dept. of Political Science, University of Houston, 1981 –

            Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Houston, 1971 – 1981

            Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Houston, 1967 – 1971

            Instructor, Political Science, University of Houston, 1966 – 1967

Selected Publications


            The Houston Metropolitan Study: An Entrepreneurial Community Looks

            Ahead (co-author), Houston: UH Center for Public Policy/Rice University: Baker Institute for Public Policy, 1998.

            Progrowth Politics: Change and Governance in Houston (co-author),
            Berkeley: Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, 1991.

            Texas Politics: An Introduction, 6th ed., (co-author), New York: Harper- Collins, 1992.

Chapters in Books

           "Texas: Republicans Gallop Ahead" (co-author) in Southern Politics in the
           1990s, edited by Alexander P. Lamis, Baton Rouge, LSU Press, 1999.

           "Power in the City: Patterns of Political Influence In Houston, Texas," in
           Perspectives on American and Texas Politics, 5th ed., edited by Kent L. Tedin, Donald S. Lutz, and Edward P. Fuchs, Dubuque, Iowa: 1998.\

           "The Politics of Judicial Selection in Texas," in Perspectives on American and Texas Politics, 5th ed., 1998.

"Texas: Ann Richards, Taking on the Challenge," (co-author), in Governors and Hard Times, ed. By Thad Beyle, Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1992.   "The 1988 Presidential Election: A Campaign that Mattered," in Do Elections Matter? ed. by Alan Stone and Benjamin Ginsberg, Armouk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe, 1990.   "The Emergence of Two-Party Competition in the Sunbelt," (co-author) in Political Parties in Local Areas, ed. by William Crotty, Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1986.

"Texas: A Primary State," in Proportional Representation in Presidential Nomination Politics, ed. by Paul T. David and James W. Ceasar, Charlottesville, University of Virginia Press, 1980.

Journal Articles "Orthopedic Patients’ Satisfaction With Their Health Care Plan: A Study Performed by the Research and Education Committee of the Texas Orthopaedic Association," (co-author) in The American Journal of Orthopedics," August, 1999."Support for Biracial Political Coalitions Among Blacks and Hispanics," (co-author) in The Social Science Quarterly, December, 1994. "Minority Vote Dilution Suits and the Problem of Two Minority Groups: Can a ‘Rainbow Coalition’ Claim the Protection of the Voting Rights Act/" (co-author) in The Pacific Law Journal, No. 3, 1990.

"Applying the Voting Rights Act in Houston, Texas," (co-author) in Publius, Winter, 1987.

"Dynamics of Candidate Choice in a State Election," (co-author) in The Journal of Politics, May, 1981.

"Party Voting in Lower Level Electoral Contests," (co-author) in The Social Science Quarterly, March, 1979.

"Public Awareness of Congressional Representatives: Recall Versus Recognition," (co-author) in The American Politics Quarterly, October, 1979.

"Racial Voting Patterns in the South: An Analysis of Major Elections from 1960 to 1977 in Five Cities," (co-author) in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, September, 1978.

"Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Voting Participation in Major Southern Cities,"(co-author) in The Journal of Politics, August, 1977.

"Coalition Formation in the Texas Legislature: Issues, Payoffs, and Winning Coalition Size," (co-author) in Western Political Quarterly, June, 1975.

"Redistricting Decisions in the American States: A Test of Riker’s Minimum Winning Coalition Hypothesis," (co-author) in The American Journal of Political Science, May, 1974.

Professional Activities Member, American Association for Public Opinion Research, American Political Science Association, Southern Political Science Association, Western Political Science Association, Southwestern Political Science Association.

Reviewer: Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Politics.

Academic Interests
Political Parties and Elections

Political Interest Groups

Urban Politics

State and Local Electoral Politics

Public Opinion

Consultant Activities

Litigation Research

Survey Research



Election Analysis