Political Behavior

Subfield Coordinator: Gabe Lenz

Political behavior at UC Berkeley serves as a bridge between political science on the one side and political psychology and political sociology on the other. Its focus is on the social and psychological processes by which individuals (and groups) engage in political life. Although the actual studies of these matters may occur within a particular geographical or institutional context and data are most often drawn from the American experience, the purpose is to generalize to a class of political phenomena or behavior beyond specific countries or specific institutions. Attention is also paid to problems of survey design and analysis, the development of scales, indices, and other measurement devices, questionnaire construction, interviewing, sampling, and other elements of systematic research that aim to yield data susceptible to statistical analysis. Among the substantive topics covered in the field are: public opinion; political leadership; political participation and protest and personality and politics.

Political Behavior Directory

Name Research Interests Contact
David Broockman dbroockman@berkeley.edu
Gabriel Lenz Elections, Public Opinion, Political Psychology, Political Economy, State and interpersonal violence glenz@berkeley.edu
(510) 575-9971
Jack Citrin gojack@berkeley.edu
Taeku Lee Racial and Ethnic Politics, Public Opinion and Survey Research, Identity and Inequality, Participatory and Deliberative Democracy taekulee@berkeley.edu
510 642-4640
Robert Van Houweling Congress, Political Parties, Voting Behavior, Spatial Models of Candidate Competition, Experimental Methods rpvh@berkeley.edu
510 643-6678