Nebraska Authors

Aage R. Clausen

Born 1932-09-12 Dannebrog, NE (USA)

Died 2011-01-14
Columbus, OH (USA)

Nysted, NE (USA)
Nysted Cemetery

Clausen was the son of Danish immigrants, born in the small town of Dannebrog, Nebraska and was fiercely proud of his Nebraska roots. First member of his family to attend college, Clausen made a name for himself with his pioneering research in political science. Research that he completed with others at the Survey Research Center in Michigan led to a fundamental change in our understanding of voting behavior. The culmination of Clausen's years of research in the field was the publication of his highly influential book, How Congressmen Decide: A Policy Focus, a classic in the field of political science. When Clauseun retired, he continued to impact the lives of students as a math mentor at a local middle school. He is buried in Nysted, Nebraska.


Places Lived

Dannebrog, NE
Des Moines, IA
St. Paul, MN
Madison, WI
Columbus, OH

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Political Science; Public Policy


Associate of Arts Degree, 1952, Grand View Junior College, Des Moines, IA
Bachelor's Degree, 1957, Macalaster College, St. Paul, MN
Master's Degree in Political Science, University of Michigan
Ph.D., 1964, University of Michigan


Study Director, Survey Research Center
University Professor
Political Scientist
Math Tutor

Places Worked

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (1967-1971)
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (1971-1997)


Social Science History Association, Former President
Clausen Scholarship named in his honor, Grand View University


How Congressmen Decide: A Policy Focus. 1973.

Published many scholarly articles in research journals

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