Professor Rosenthal's research interests include the application of formal theory and quantitative methods to political analysis. He has written on spatial voting, coalition formation, and participation in French politics; the role of agendas in shaping political outcomes; political participation; American political history and the macroeconomic sources of divided government; political intervention in credit markets; and many other subjects in American and comparative politics. He is the author or coauthor of more than 80 articles as well as the coauthor of Prediction Analysis of Cross Classifications; Analysis of Ordinal Data; Partisan Politics, Divided Government, and the Economy; Income Redistribution and the Realignment of American Politics and Congress: A Political Economic History of Roll Call Voting; Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches; Ideology and Congress; and Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy. 

Professor Rosenthal has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the National Institute of Education, and has been a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Hoover Institution. He was awarded the Duncan Black Award from the Public Choice Society and the C.Q. Press Award. Rosenthal is the 2010 recipient of the William H. Riker Prize in Political Science from the University of Rochester. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology