Alexander George Theodoridis                                            

Assistant Professor  |  Political Science  |  University of California, Merced

Welcome to my website!  

I am an assistant professor at the University of California, Merced.  During the 2017-18 academic year, I am in residence at Vanderbilt University as a senior visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

My work seeks to understand the ways in which citizens interact with the political world in an era of hyper-polarization.  My substantive research and teaching interests are in American electoral politics, with a focus on political behavior/psychology, campaign effects and policy attitudes.  My methodological focus is on survey methodology, experimental methods, design-based causal inference, and the intersection of formal theory and empirical analysis.  Much of my work focuses on applying new survey experimental and measurement paradigms to examine the implications of partisan identity and party cues for political cognition. I also study public opinion as it relates to a variety of policy domains, especially environmental policy.  

My work has appeared in or been accepted by Environmental Politics, the Journal of Politics, Political AnalysisPolitical Behavior, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Political Psychology.  It has also been featured by the The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Time, CNN and many other media outlets.

I have a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA in English and Politics from the University of Virginia.  At Berkeley, I was a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship(IGERT) Fellow.  Before graduate school, I helped launch the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

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