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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. He specializes in the study of political behavior as well as statistical and experimental research methods. His substantive work focuses on citizens' capacity to constrain elected officials. Specifically, he examines the the criteria voters use to evaluate their representatives and the extent to which politicians can use mass communication to manipulate those criteria.

In addition to his forthcoming book (Cambridge University Press), 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.


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

SIS-School of Intl Service
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  • Fall 2016

    • SIS-750 Res/Prof Meth in Int'l Affairs: Data Analysis
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

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.
  • Partisanship cannot overwhelm the reference point effect: evidence from a survey experiment