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Austin Hart

Assistant Professor
School of International Service

  • Austin Hart is Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods and Coordinator of the Graduate Methods Program at SIS. He specializes in political campaigns, public opinion, and statistical analysis. His forthcoming book (Cambridge University Press) analyzes the communication strategies candidates employ in response to national economic conditions and the effects of these strategies on voters.

    In addition to his book project, Dr. Hart's research has been published in the Journal of Politics [download: 2013 article; 2014 article] and Comparative Political Studies [download] and has been funded by competitive grants from the National Science Foundation and the TESS program (Time sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences).

    You can read more about Dr. Hart's research and publications at his personal website.

  • Degrees

    Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin (Government)
    B.A. University of Kansas (Economics and Political Science)

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  • Fall 2015

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Work In Progress

  • Access to water improves boys' education, not girls': evidence from Tanzania and Uganda (with Mukhaye Muchimuti)
  • Voters in emerging democracies hold candidates to a higher standard: issue voting in Mexico and Brazil.
  • Pro-son bias and the uneven effect of water access on education in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Partisanship cannot overwhelm the reference point effect: evidence from a survey experiment
  • Down-ballot priming: how candidate visibility conditions media priming effects