Benjamin Radcliff is a political scientist and professor of American Politics at the University of Notre Dame. He studies the connections between policy outcomes and the quality of life in the United States and industrialized democracies. His current research focuses on the social and scientific study of happiness within the multidisciplinary field known as “happiness economics”. In 2013 he published “The Political Economy of Human Happiness” (Cambridge University Press). He writes for several magazines on the connection between politics and happiness, including American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Social Forces. He has been researcher at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study.