Paul Goren is a Professor of Political Science and the Director of Graduate Studies. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on American politics, public opinion, political psychology, political behavior, applied statistics and econometrics. He is the author of the book On Voter Competence and multiple research articles in leading professional journals in the field. His current research centers on (1) the relationship between basic human values, public opinion, and symbolic ideology; (2) how core beliefs about the size and scope of government shape party identification over time; (3) how opinion on moral issues shape partisan and religious predispositions over time; and (4) how welfare opinions reinforce racial prejudice. His research on welfare and race is funded by the Russell Sage Foundation.
Educational Background & Specialties
Ph.D.: Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, 1998.
M. A., Political Science, University of Pittsburgh , 1994: .
B. S., Industrial Management with University Honors, Carnegie Mellon University , 1989: .
3766: Political Psychology of Mass Behavior
3769: Public Opinion and Voting Behavior
4737: American Political Parties
8123: Introduction to Quantitative Political Analysis (Regression Analysis)
8106: Probability and Basic Statistics
8302: Public Opinion and Political Participation
8360: Campaigns, Elections, and Voters
- “Taking Foreign Policy Personally: Personal Values and Foreign Policy Beliefs.” International Studies Quarterly (forthcoming). With Joshua Kertzer, Brian Rathbun, Jason Reifler, and Thomas J. Scotto.
- 2015. “Ideological Constraint in the Age of Polarization.”American Politics Research (forthcoming). With Caitlin M. Jewitt.
- 2013. On Voter Competence. New York: Oxford University Press.
- 2012. “Political Predispositions and Political Awareness.”Critical Review 24: 505-520.
"Party Identification, Issue Attitudes, and the Dynamics of Political Debate.“American Journal of Political Science. 54: 686-99. With Logan Dancey.
- 2009. "Source Cues, Partisan Identities, and Political Value Expressions."American Journal of Political Science 53: 805-20. With Christopher M. Federico and Miki Caul Kittilson.
- 2009. "Epistemic Motivation and Elite Discourse." In Social and Psychological Bases of Ideology and System Justification. John T. Jost et al., eds. New York: Oxford University Press. With Christopher M. Federico.
- 2008. "The Two Faces of Government Spending." Political Research Quarterly 61: 147-57.
- 2008. "Dimensionality Redux: A Rejoinder to Professor Jacoby."Political Research Quarterly 61: 162-64.
"Character Weakness, Partisan Bias, and Presidential Evaluations: Modifications and Extensions."Political Behavior 29: 305-25.
"Party Identification and Core Political Values." American Journal of Political Science 49: 882-97.
- 2004. "Political Sophistication and Policy Reasoning: A Reconsideration." American Journal of Political Science 48: 462-78.
- 2003. "Race, Sophistication, and White Opinion on Government Spending." Political Behavior 25: 201-20.
"Character Weakness, Partisan Bias, and Presidential Evaluation." American Journal of Political Science 46: 627-641.
"Core Principles and Policy Reasoning in Mass Publics: A Test of Two Theories." British Journal of Political Science 31: 159-77.
"Political Expertise and Principled Political Thought." Political Research Quarterly 53: 117-36.
"Political Expertise and Issue Voting in Presidential Elections." Political Research Quarterly 50: 387-412.
- 1997. "Gut-Level Emotions and the Presidential Vote." American Politics Quarterly 25: 203-29.
- 1997. "Religious Conservative Elites as Source Cues." Social Science Quarterly 78: 223-33. With Lynn Robinson.