Promoted to Professor
Brian Lamb School of Communication
Department of Political Science
Robert X. Browning received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1981, the same year he joined the Purdue political science faculty. He is the author, with Gary King, of Democratic Representation and Partisan Bias in Congressional Elections (American Political Science Review, 1987), an influential article on redistricting that has been cited in Supreme Court decisions. He is also the author of Politics and Social Welfare Policy in the United States (University of Tennessee Press, 1986).
In 1987, he founded the C-SPAN Archives and served as its director within the College of Liberal Arts for the next 11 years; in 1998, when the Archives was transferred to C-SPAN, he assumed that role for the Washington, DC cable television network and was recently named executive director of the Archives. The C-SPAN Archives are located in Purdue Research Park. In 2010, the C-SPAN Archives was awarded the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for the creation of the online C-SPAN Video Library, one of the world's largest political video archives, which now holds 220,000 hours of digital and searchable videos.
Robert is the author of The C-SPAN Archives (Purdue University Press, 2014), Exploring the C-SPAN Archives (Purdue University Press, 2015), and Advances in Research using the C-SPAN Archives (Purdue University Press, forthcoming in 2016)—a series of books that showcase research using the C-SPAN Archives. His next project is an American government advanced placement MOOC course recently funded by edX.