- 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.
- Hart, Austin. 2016. Economic Voting: A Campaign-Centered Theory. Cambridge University Press.
- 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
- 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
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.