American Political Scientist, Walter Dean Burnham, dies at 92

Walter Dean Burnham was a political scientist in the United States who specialized in elections and voting trends.

He was well-known for his quantitative study of national trends and patterns in the popular vote, the creation of the “Party Systems” model, and the compilation of county election records for the entire country. He was a political science professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Walter Dean Burnham, 92, Dies After Tracing Political Party Shifts

On October 4 in San Antonio, Walter Dean Burnham passed away. He was a political scientist who proposed that political parties realign sometimes in seismic movements he termed “America’s proxy for revolution.”

He was 92. His daughter Anne Burnham verified his death.

Walter Dean Burnham Age, Family, Early Life

Walter Dean Burnham was born on June 15, 1930(92 years old) in Columbus, Ohio, United States. He holds an American Nationality and she belongs to the white ethnicity. His Zodiac sign is Cancer.

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On Walter Dean Burnham’s parents, there is currently no information known.

Walter Dean Burnham Wife, What about his Children?

It appears that Walter Dean Burnham is a married guy with children. However, there is no information on his relationship or children available.

Walter Dean Burnham Career, What was his profession?

Burnham wrote a piece about the 1962 U.S. Senate race in Alabama in 1964. It was the first significant Republican victory in the “Heart of Dixie” state since Reconstruction. The veteran Democrat J. Lister Hill of Montgomery was opposed by Republican James D. Martin of Gadsden, a wholesaler of oil-related items, who came close to winning by only a few thousand votes. According to Burnham, the Martin campaign is an exception from the typical issue-free, personalist southern primaries.

Martin’s campaign set the bar for later southern elections because it was fought on national issues, stoked white opposition to civil rights, emphasized “free enterprise,” “local control,” and “individual freedom,” criticized federal spending initiatives, and shifted the focus from being against desegregation to being in favor of “states rights.”

Burnham considered it humorous that the Democratic senator from Montgomery, the state’s major city, appealed to the northern hill country while the Republican from populist North Alabama campaigned strongly in the cities and Black Belt. where voters were less racially sensitive due to the low population of African Americans in their area and valued projects like the Tennessee Valley Authority.

 Prior to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is enacted, Martin did best in the counties with non-voting Blacks. In North Alabama’s Appalachian region, all but one of the fifteen counties where the Republican vote fell between 1960 and 1962 were located. Since southeast Alabama had historically been the most populist region since the 1890s, Martin’s performance in the Gulf Coast and in the Florida Panhandle seemed contradictory.


Burnham accurately predicted that Republicanism would continue to gain ground in the South two years after the Hill-Martin contest, but that rivalry would emerge gradually at the state and municipal levels. The theory of American political development described in Burnham’s 1970 book Critical Elections and the Mainsprings of American Politics centered on the function of party systems that survive for several decades before being upended by a critical election.

The majority of citations concentrate on the issues of declining voting turnout, the 1896 realignment, and reasons for declining voter turnout. Less attention and credence have been given to the thesis that elite capitalists controlled the political system in the 20th century.

How much is Walter Dean Burnham Net Worth?

It is impossible to estimate Walter Dean Burnham’s net worth at the time of writing because no information about his earnings has been made public.

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Which school and college did he go to?

Walter Dean Burnham obtained his AB from Baltimore, Maryland’s Johns Hopkins University. He worked under political scientist V.O. Key, Jr. at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1963.

He taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, before relocating to Texas in 1988. Burnham served as president of the American Political Science Association’s Politics and History Section and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Is he available on any kind of social media platform?

Walter Dean Burnham is not active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Physical Appearance of Walter Dean Burnham’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair ColorBlack and white
Eye colorBlack
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Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

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Zodiac signCancer
Relationship StatusMarried