- Goggin, S. N., Henderson, J. A., and Theodoridis, A. G. (Forthcoming). What goes with red and blue? Mapping partisan and ideological associations in the minds of voters. Political Behavior
- Goggin, S. N. (2019). How quickly we selectively forget: Experimental tests of information order on memory and candidate evaluation. Political Psychology. 40(1): 125-145
- Goggin, S. N., and Theodoridis, A. G. (2018). Seeing red (or blue): How party identity colors political cognition. The Forum. 16(1): 81-95
- Goggin, S. N., and Theodoridis, A. G. (2017). Disputed Ownership: Parties, issues, and traits in the minds of voters. Political Behavior. 39(3): 675-702
- Johnston, T. M., and Goggin, S. N. (2015). Presidential confidence in crisis: Blame, media, and the BP oil spill. Presidential Studies Quarterly. 45(3): 467-489
- Greene, K. K., Byrne, M. D., and Goggin, S. N. (2013). How to build an under-voting machine: Lessons from an alternative ballot design. Journal of Election Technology and Systems. 1(1): 38-52
- Goggin, S. N., Byrne, M. D., and Gilbert, J. E. (2012). Post-election auditing: Effects of procedure and ballot type on manual counting accuracy, efficiency, and auditor satisfaction and confidence. Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy. 11(1): 36-51
- McDaniel, M. J., Beier, M. E., Perkins, A. W., Goggin, S. N., and Frankel, B. (2009). An assessment of the fakeability of self-report and implicit personality measures. Journal of Research in Personality. 43: 682-685
- Goggin, S. N., Byrne, M. D., Gilbert, J. E., Rogers, G., and McClendon, J. (2008). Comparing the auditability of optical scan, voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) and video (VVVAT) ballot systems. In Proceedings of the 2008 USENIX/ACCURATE Electronic Voting Technology Workshop. San Jose, CA.
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Working PapersFor the most recent version of any of these papers, please email me.
- [PDF] God, sex, and especially politics: Disentangling the dimensions of discrimination. With Maggie Deichert and Alexander G. Theodoridis.
- [PDF] Issues or affinity? How voters decide in primary elections. With Logan Dancey, John A. Henderson, Geoff Sheagley, and Alexander G. Theodoridis.
- [PDF] Assessing political knowledge: Problems and solutions in online surveys. With Douglas J. Ahler.
- [PDF] Losing control (of the party): Conjectural bias in survey experiments. With Alexander G. Theodoridis.
- [PDF] Optimal scale length and single-item attitude measures: Evidence from simulations and a two-wave experiment. With Laura Stoker.
- [Please Email] Literally Unbelievable? Effects of political satire on evaluations of parties, media, and government trust. With Douglas J. Ahler.
- [Please Email] Card-carrying members and proud supporters: The electoral implications and representational consequences of group affiliation. With Travis M. Johnston.
Partisan yet personal politicians: Candidates' biographies and how they matter
Despite the central role of politicians in representative democracies, political science has largely ignored how who candidates for elected office are shape the electoral connection. By communicating biographical details about their family, occupation, education, religion, and other personal background, political candidates attempt to build trust and alter how they will be evaluated by voters. Yet, partisan stereotypes and voters' own partisan identites constrain their ability to evaluate these personal details objectively. Using systematized biographies of all US congressional candidates from 2008-2016, television advertising data from 2008-2016, and several survey experiments, I demonstrate that biographical presentation by candidates is ubiquitous, systematic, and effectual in shaping the opinion of voters. Descriptively, I find that a diverse set of biographical attributes, including demographics such as race, ethnicity, and gender, are associated with candidates' partisan affiliation, undergirding modern partisan stereotypes. Furthermore, many of these biographical attributes, particularly those signalling business, civic, and political experience, are related to electoral success.