Alexander George Theodoridis                                                      
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My research focuses on American electoral politics and the ways in which citizens interact with the political world.  I am fascinated by the cognitive and psychological processes that produce behavior at the individual level and I seek to better understand how those behaviors aggregate and interact with institutions to generate the contours of the modern American political environment.  In other words, much of my work is focused on understanding American electoral politics from the bottom up.  While primarily engaging active research programs in political behavior, public opinion and elections, I make it a point to employ foundational and cutting-edge concepts and methods from related disciplines, especially social psychology and behavioral economics.  In the course of my research, I have developed and fielded several large-N surveys with embedded experimental paradigms. 

I apply new survey experimental and measurement paradigms to three interconnected substantive areas. I am motivated to understand 1) the implications of partisan identity for political cognition, 2) the ways in which party cues inform thinking, and 3) the structure of policy attitudes.  At the heart of these interests is a desire to understand the ways in which citizens interact with the political world in an era of hyper-polarization.  My work shows the deep-seated nature of modern party identity and examines how it shapes key outcomes of political cognition (Theodoridis 2017).  It considers the way in which this partisanship filters selective receipt of political information in a multi-cast context (Henderson and Theodoridis 2017).  It uncovers a pronounced “intensity gap,” with Republican identifiers demonstrating consistently more partisan behavior (Theodoridis, Canelo, Coe, Goggin and Henderson).  It showcases the primacy of policy over personal characteristics in the partisan associations voters carry around in their minds (Goggin and Theodoridis 2016; Goggin, Henderson and Theodoridis).  It shows the ways in which voter thinking on salient policy issues is structured by the forces of party identity (Fernandez-Vazquez and Theodoridis; Bullock and Theodoridis 2017; Theodoridis, Nail and Bullock; Hanson, Johnston and Theodoridis).  And, it advances the survey experimental methods we use to explore these phenomena (Theodoridis and Goggin; Miratrix, Sekhon, Theodoridis and Campos).

Journal Articles

Working Papers & Ongoing Research Projects

Other Works
  • "The Nominating Process in 2008: A Look Inside the Rube Goldberg." In The Year of Obama: How Barack Obama Won the White House, edited by Larry J. Sabato. Longman.
  • "Campaign," "Campaign Buttons," "Opposition Research" and "Democratic Party." Encyclopedia of American Parties and Elections, edited by Howard Ernst and Larry Sabato. Facts on File. 2006.
  • Report of the National Symposium on Presidential Selection, University of Virginia Center for Governmental Studies. 2001.
  • Executive Producer, A More Perfect Union, educational CD-ROM, released by University of Virginia Center for Politics.