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, and have also made use of existing observational data.   The word cloud to the right was generated using the text from several of my papers.


Doctoral Research

Party Identification (PID), which is central to most models of voting behavior in the U.S., has increasingly been conceptualized and empirically studied as a social identity (Green, Palmquist & Schickler, 2002; Greene, 1999, 2000, 2004; Huddy, Mason & Aaroe, 2010).  I exploit this characterization to learn more about partisan bias and intensity.  My dissertation, Party Identity in Political Cognition, consists of a series of essays that examine PID's operation as a social identity in light of experimental and theoretical advancements in this branch of social psychology.  I build strong empirical evidence supporting the claim that PID should be treated as a social identity for many voters, but show that it appears to operate slightly differently among identifiers from the two parties.  This research expands our understanding of the implications of partisan intensity and bias in a polarized political environment.


Publications
  • Theodoridis, Alexander G. 2009. "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.

Working Papers & Ongoing Research Projects

Selected Presentations

  • “Party Guessed? Assessing Party Ownership of Issues and Traits with a Conjoint Classification Experiment”, with Stephen Goggin and John Henderson
    • Cooperative Congressional Election Study Conference, Sundance, Utah. June 12, 2015.
    • Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. April 17, 2015.
  • “Seeing Spots: An Experimental Examination of Voter Appetite for Partisan and Negative Campaign Ads”, with John Henderson
    • Duke-Oxford Conference on Cognitive Approaches to Law, Economics, Politics and Policy. June 5th, 2015.
    • Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Sept. 1, 2013.
    • Cooperative Congressional Election Study Conference, Sundance, Utah. May 25, 2013.
    • Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. April 12, 2013.
  • “It’s My Party: Partisan Intensity through the Lens of Implicit Identity”
    • American Politics Workshop, University of Chicago. May 11, 2015.
    • American Politics Research Workshop, University of Maryland, College Park. April 24, 2015.
    • Accepted for the cancelled 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Winner of the Elections, Voting Behavior and Public Opinion Section John Sullivan Award for best paper by a graduate student.
    • Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Working Group on Implicit Attitudes in Political Science Research, Seattle, Washington. September 3, 2011.
  • “Losing Control (of the Party): Conjectural Bias and Survey Experiments”, with Stephen Goggin
    • West Coast Experiments Conference, University of California, Davis. May 1, 2015.
  • “Grassroots? Priming Effects and Support for Marijuana Legalization”, with Peter Hanson
    • Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. April 19, 2015.
  • “It’s the End of the World as We Know It? Utility for Outcomes and Views on Climate Change Policy”, with Graham Bullock
    • Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Aug. 29, 2014.
  • “Why You Should (Usually) Post-Stratify on Sample Weights in Survey Experiments”, with Luke Miratrix and Jasjeet Sekhon
    • Annual Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology, University of Georgia. July 25, 2014.
  • “It’s the End of the World as We Know It? Utility for Outcomes and Views on Climate Change Policy”, with Graham Bullock
    • Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Aug. 29, 2014.
  • “Why You Should (Usually) Post-Stratify on Sample Weights in Survey Experiments”, with Luke Miratrix and Jasjeet Sekhon
    • Annual Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology, University of Georgia. July 25, 2014.
  • “Clearing the Air on Elite Cues: Measuring the Full Range of Effects through an Experimental Examination of Smog Policy”, with Tiffany Davenport and Howard Ernst
    • Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Rome, Italy. July 7, 2014.
    • Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. April 3, 2012.
  • “Ownership Mentality: Parties, Issues, and Traits in the Minds of Voters”, with Stephen Goggin
    • University of Notre Dame. Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. January 31, 2014.
    • Research Workshop in American Politics. University of California, Berkeley. Institute of Governmental Studies. January 22, 2014.
    • Understanding Politics Speaker Series. University of California, Merced. December 5 2013.
    • Quantitative Psychology Seminar. University of California, Merced. December 3 2013.
    • Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Aug. 30, 2013.
    • Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. April 11, 2013.
  • “The Identity Gap? Evidence from Efforts to Measure and Manipulate Party Identity”
    • Graduate Student Poster Session. Annual Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. July 19, 2012.
  • “Rooting Interest: The Political World through Red and Blue Colored Glasses”
    • Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Chicago, IL. July 7, 2012.
    • Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. April 14, 2012.
    • Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. January 26, 2011.
    • Research Workshop in American Politics. University of California, Berkeley. Institute of Governmental Studies. September 14, 2011.
     
  • “Of BOLD Claims and Excessive Fears: A Call for Caution and Patience Regarding Political Neuroscience”
    • Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Chicago, IL. July 8, 2012.
    • Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey. July 11, 2011. 
  • "Partisan Identity: Asymmetric Perception, Motivation, and Fusion." 
    • Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Istanbul,Turkey. July 10, 2011.
    •  Cooperative Congressional Election Study Conference, Sundance, Utah. May 21, 2011.
    •  Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. April 3, 2010.
    •  Research Workshop in American Politics. University of California, Berkeley. Institute of Governmental Studies. March 30, 2011.
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  • "Thinking of an Elephant (or a Donkey): The Short-Term Impact of a Partisan Prime on Economic Assessment."  
    • Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Meeting, Political Psychology Pre-Conference, San Antonio, TX. January 27, 2011.
    • Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, San Francisco, CA. July 8, 2010.
    • Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. April 24, 2010.
    • Statistics of Causal Inference Workshop, University of California, Berkeley. March 29, 2010.
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  • "To Debate? Electoral Campaign Decisions under Uncertainty."
    • Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. July 9, 2009.
    • Research Workshop in American Politics. University of California, Berkeley. Institute of Governmental Studies. November 7, 2008.
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  • "Partisan Identification and Social Identity,"
    • Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. June 15, 2009.
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  • "The Returns to Civic Education: Beyond Selection Bias,"
    • Graduate Student Poster Session. Annual Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. July 11, 2008.
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  • "The Social Neuroscience of Partisan Identification,"
    • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Working Group. University of California, Berkeley. May 6, 2008.
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  • "Playing Politics: An Educational Campaign Video Game,"
    • American Political Science Association Conference on Teaching and Learning, Washington, D.C. February 19, 2005.

Other Works
  • "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.