Richard E. DeLeon

Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Curriculum Vita

September 2006


Campus Address:

Department of Political Science
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, California 94132.




B.A. (1966) University of California, Berkeley
M.A. (1968) San Francisco State College
Ph.D. (1972) Washington University, St. Louis


NDEA Title IV Fellowship, 1967 69
Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship, 1969 70


Professor of Political Science & Urban Studies
San Francisco State University, 1970-2006


Research Methods and Data Analysis
Urban Politics
American Government and Politics
Policy Analysis & Public Administration


Chair, Social Science Research and Instructional Council, CSU, 1986-87
Founder and Director, Public Research Institute, SFSU. 1984-1994
Chair, Department of Political Science, 1994-2000

Professional Associations:

American Political Science Association (APSA)
Western Political Science Association
Urban Affairs Association
Member, Executive Council, Urban Politics Section, APSA, 1994-1995
Associate Editor, Stata Technical Bulletin, 1990-94
Member, Editorial Board, Urban Affairs Review, 1994-1996
Member, Board of Directors, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR),
2000-2001 (Member, Advisory Council, 2001-2002).

Grants and Awards (partial list):

National Science Foundation, 1991: Exploratory Data Analysis Workshop grant (co-recipient)
National Science Foundation, 1994: Exploratory Data Analysis Workshop grant (co-recipient) Annual Award Best Book 1992 for Left Coast City by Urban Politics Section, APSA, 1993.
Certificate of Honor from the Board of Supervisors, City and County of San Francisco,
May 1998.

Consultantships (paid and pro bono):

The Brookings Institution; the Rockefeller Institute; Abt Associates, Inc.; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; City of Brisbane; State and Local Partnership for the Arts; AT&T; San Francisco City Planning Department; San Francisco Charter Revision Commission; San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Community Development; SFSU Human Relations Commission; The GCA Group; San Francisco Department of Public Works; San Francisco Water Department; EDAW, Inc.; Public Affairs Management; Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Services; San Francisco Elections Task Force; San Francisco Foundation; San Francisco Examiner, Center for Voting and Democracy, Vermont State Senate, North Carolina Legislative Research (partial list)


“A Note on the Use of Aggregate Personal Income Data as a Research Tool,” Western Political
Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 1 (March 1973).

“Politics, Economic Surplus and Redistribution in the American States: A Test of a Theory,”
American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 17, No. 4 (November 1973).

(Co-author) "Communiy Development Block Grants: Redistribution Effects and Equity Issues," The Urban Lawyer, Vol. 9, No. 2, (Spring, 1977)

“Labor Unionism, Political Participation and Interparty Competition in the American States,”
GPSA Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Fall 1977)

(Co-author) "Beyond Cybernetic Federalism in Community Development," UrbanLaw Annual, 15, 17 (1978)

(Co-author) “Economic Development Projects and CDBG Program Benefit Analysis,”
Clearinghouse Review, Vol. 13, No. 6 (November 1979).

(Co-author) "Growth Control and Electoral Politics in San Francisco: The Triumph of Urban Populism," Western Political Quarterly, June, 1989.

"The Progressive Urban Regime: Ethnic Coalitions in San Francisco," in Michael Preston and Byran Jackson, eds., Racial and Ethnic Politics in California (Berkeley: Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, 1991)

"San Francisco: Postmaterialist Populism in a Global City," in H. V. Savitch and John C.
Thomas, eds., Big City Politics in Transition (Beverly Hills: Sage Publishing, 1991)

"The Urban Antiregime: Progressive Politics in San Francisco," Urban Affairs Quarterly, June, 1992

Left Coast City: Progressive Politics in San Francisco, 1975-1991 (University Press of Kansas, 1992) Received award as Best Book on Urban Politics in 1992 from Urban Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 1993.

"Old Maps and New Roads: Left Turns in Urban Politics," Policy Studies Journal, 1993, Vol.
20, No. 1, Spring 1993.

(Co-author) StataQuest 4: Text Companion (Belmont: Duxbury Press, 1996).

(Co-author) StataQuest 4 for Windows 95 (Belmont: Duxbury Press, 1997).

“Research Methods in Urban Politics and Policy,” in Ronald K. Vogel, ed., Handbook of Research on Urban Politics and Policy in the United States (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997)

“Progressive Politics in the Left Coast City: San Francisco,” in R. Browning, D. Marshall, and
D. Tabb, eds., Racial Politics in American Cities, 2d Ed. (New York: Longman, 1997).

(Co-author) “The Campaign for Proposition H and Preference Voting in San Francisco, 1996,”
Representation, Vol. 35, No. 4 (Winter 1998), 265-74.

“San Francisco and Domestic Partners: New Fields of Battle in the Culture War,” in Elaine
Sharp, Ed., Culture Wars and Local Politics (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas,

“San Francisco: The Politics of Race, Land Use and Ideology,” in Rufus P. Browning, Dale
Rogers Marshall, and David H. Tabbs, Eds., Racial Politics in America, 3d Ed. (New
York: Longman, 2003).

(Co-author) “Identity Politics and Local Political Culture: Some Comparative Results from the
Social Capital Benchmark Survey,” Urban Affairs Review, Vol. 39, No. 6 (July 2004).

(Co-author) Governing California in the 21st Century: The Political Dynamics of the Golden
State (W. W. Norton, forthcoming February 2007).


Review of John Jacobs’s A Rage for Justice: The Passion and Politics of Phillip Burton, Journal
of Ecology, Vol. 5 (1998)


Additional book reviews in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Western Political Quarterly, Journal of Politics, Journal of the American Planning Association, Urban Affairs Review, Political Science Quarterly.

(Co-author) Redistribution Effects of Special Revenue Sharing for Community Development,
Monograph (UC Berkeley: Institute for Governmental Studies, 1977).
(Co-author) North Beach in Transition: A Study of Business Survival and Neighborhood Preservation, Report 3-86, Public Research Institute, SFSU, 1986.
(Co-author) Economic Impact of the Non-Profit Arts in San Francisco, Public Research Institute, SFSU, 1987.
(Co-author) “The Party’s Not Over,” Golden State Report, November 1988.
AIDS, Homophobia, and Political Tolerance: Public Opinion in California (California State University, Social Science Research Module, 1988).
(Co-author) “Stata and the Four R’s of EDA,” Stata Technical Bulletin, June 1991.
(Co-author) San Francisco State of the City Poll, 1989, Public Research Institute, SFSU, 1989.
(Co-author) “Human Relations, Political Correctness, and Political Tolerance: A Survey of
Students at San Francisco State University,” presented at the Ninth Annual Conference of
the Association for Asian American Studies, San Jose, California, May 28, 1992.
(Co-author) Environmental Awareness and Best Management Practices: A Survey of San Francisco Residents, Report 92-4, Public Research Institute and Public Affairs Management, June 1992.
(Co-author) San Francisco’s Changing Demography and Social Needs: Maps and Analyses for Community Development Strategic Planning, Working Paper No. 1, Public Research Institute, SFSU, May 1994.
“The Political Chemistry of Ethnic Coalition Building in San Francisco,” presented at the
Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, San Francisco, March 12-
16, 1996.
(Co-author) “Urban Conservatism in an Age of Diversity: A Comparative Analysis of the Mayoralities of Rudolph Guiliani, Richard Riordan, and Frank Jordan,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco,
California, August 28-September 1, 1996.
(Co-author) “The Politics of Electoral Reform in San Francisco: Preference Voting versus Districts vs. At-Large Plurality,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western
Political Science Association, Tucson, Arizona, March 13-15, 1997.
(Co-author) San Francisco Votes ’96: Maps and Tables of Precinct Votes for Candidates and
Ballot Measures in the General Election of 5 November 1996. (San Francisco State
University, Public Research Institute, SFSU, 1998.)
“San Francisco Politics in the Year 2000: Reflections on ‘Glocalization,’ Regionalism, and the
Perils of District Elections,” SPUR Newsletter (February 2000).
(Co-author) “Morality Politics in Modest Growth, Unconventional Cities,” presented at the
Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, DC, August
31-September 3, 2000.
“Some Thoughts on District Elections and the New Progressive Majority,” SPUR Newsletter
(January 2001).
(Co-author) “Student Voter Turnout at San Francisco State University in the 2000 General
Election,” Public Research Institute, SFSU, January 22, 2001.
“In Search of a ‘Progressive Supermajority’ on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors: A
Working Paper” (, October 14, 2002)
“Only In San Francisco? The City’s Political Culture in Comparative Perspective,” SPUR
Newsletter (November 12, 2002) [URL:]
“Measuring and Mapping Racial Diversity in San Francisco Precincts: Working Paper”
(, July 15, 2003).
(Co-author) “Updating the New Progressive Voting Index (PVI) with Tables, Map, and Precinct
Scores” (, April 16, 2004).
“San Francisco and Instant Runoff Voting: An Analysis of the SFSU/PRI Exit Poll Data
Assessing Voter Opinions about Ranked Choice Voting in the November 2004 Board of
Supervisors Elections: Working Paper” (, September 11,