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Austin Hart Assistant Professor School of International Service

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(202) 885-1640 (Office)
SIS - School of International Service
SIS - 345
Tu 2-4pm, Th 4-5:30pm, and by appointment
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin (Government)
B.A. University of Kansas (Economics and Political Science)


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 recent book, Economic Voting (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.

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Fall 2020

  • SIS-600 Int'l Affairs Stats & Methods

  • SIS-600 Int'l Affairs Stats & Methods

Spring 2021

  • SIS-600 Int'l Affairs Stats & Methods

  • SIS-600 Int'l Affairs Stats & Methods

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.
  • Transmitting clarity: campaign cues and the economic vote (with Scott Matthews)
  • Feeling defensive: "posturing" and the priming versus projection puzzle