Ada Finifter

Ada Weintraub Finifter (June 6, 1938—October 29, 2011) was an American political scientist. She specialized in American public opinion and voting behavior.

Ada W. Finifter
Born(1938-06-06)June 6, 1938[1]
DiedOctober 29, 2011(2011-10-29) (aged 73)[1]
Alma mater
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorJ. Austin Ranney[1]

Education and academic positionsEdit

Finifter was born in Brooklyn on June 6, 1938.[1] Finifter graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in political science in 1959, and then earned an MA at the University of Michigan.[1]

Finifter then joined the political science faculty at Andrés Bello Catholic University as a member of the Peace Corps, working there for one year before returning to the United States and beginning a political science PhD at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. There she studied with J. Austin Ranney, obtaining her PhD in 1967.[1] Finifter was hired as a political science professor at Michigan State University, becoming an Associate Professor in 1972 and a Professor in 1981.[1] In 1978, Finifter was a visiting scholar at the Australian National University.[2]


Finifter wrote several books, one of the most notable[1] being Alienation and the Social System (1972).[3] She also wrote an early text on personal computer use, Using the IBM Personal Computer: EasyWriter (1984). She edited several books as well, including The State of the Discipline (1983).[4]

Finifter was the president of the Midwest Political Science Association in the year 1986–87.[5] She was the editor of the American Political Science Review from March 1996 until December 2001.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Abramson, Paul R. (2011). "Ada Finifter". Michigan State University. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  2. ^ Directory of American Scholars. Gale. 2002.
  3. ^ Glanz, David (November 1973). "Reviewed Work: Alienation and the Social System. by Ada Finifter". Contemporary Sociology. 2 (6): 615–616. doi:10.2307/2062459.
  4. ^ Farr, James (1988). "Reviewed Works: Political Science: The State of the Discipline by Ada Finifter; Political Science: The Science of Politics by Herbert Weisberg". Polity. 20 (4): 727–733. doi:10.2307/3234905.
  5. ^ "Past MPSA Officers". Midwest Political Science Association. 2019. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Ada Finifter to be APSR Editor". American Political Science Review. 27 (4): 748. December 1994. doi:10.1017/S1049096500042049.
  7. ^ Finifter, Ada (December 2000). "Editor's Report". American Political Science Review. 33 (4): 921–928. doi:10.1017/S1049096500062417.