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 and public opinion around the world, particularly in Latin America. He analyzes the television advertising strategies candidates employ in response to the national economic and institutional constraints they face and the effects these strategies have on voting behavior and policymaking outcomes.
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.
DegreesPh.D. University of Texas at Austin (Government)
B.A. University of Kansas (Economics and Political Science)
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- Hart, Austin & Joel Middleton. 2014. "Priming under Fire: Reevaluating the Classic Media Priming Hypothesis." Journal of Politics 76(2): 581-592.
- Hart, Austin. 2013. "Can Candidates Activate or Deactivate the Economic Vote? Evidence from Two Mexican Elections." Journal of Politics 75(4).
- Hart, Austin. 2010. "Death of the Partisan? Globalization and Taxation in South America, 1990-2006." Comparative Political Studies 43(3): 304-328.
Work In Progress
- The Hamstrung Candidate? Campaign Strategy and the Economic Vote in Five Democracies. Book Manuscript. [Read more]
- The Great Escape: How Candidates in Three Countries Dodged the Economic Vote. Work in progress.
- Does Partisanship Overwhelm the Reference Point Effect? Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Peru. Working paper.
- Portrait of an Economic Voter: Individual-Level Heterogeneity, 1980-2008. Working paper.
Grants and Sponsored Research
- Time Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences Grant (NSF Grant 0881839). 2011. "Priming, Projection, or Both? Reevaluating the Classic Media Priming Hypothesis." With Joel Middleton.
- National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant (NSF Award #0921798). 2010.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- Dean's Prestigious Research Award. University of Texas. 2011.
- University Continuing Fellowship. University of Texas. 2010.
- College of Liberal Arts Graduate Research Award. University of Texas. 2010.
- Macdonald Fellowship. University of Texas. 2009.
- Bruton Research Award. University of Texas. 2009.
- Macdonald Summer Fellowship. University of Texas. 2008.
- Lozano Long Summer Research Grant. University of Texas. 2007, 2008.
- ICPSR Summer Fellowship. 2007.
- Dominico Gagliardo Award in Economics. University of Kansas. 2005.