Collegiate Affiliation

Paul Goren is a Professor of Political Science.

He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on American politics, public opinion, political parties, and political psychology.

He is the author of the 2013 book On Voter Competence (Oxford University Press) and the co-author (with Christopher Chapp) of the forthcoming book Moral Issues: How Public Opinion on Abortion and Gay Rights Affects American Religion and Politics (University of Chicago Press, Series in American Politics). He is also the author of the monograph Stronger Issues, Weaker Predispositions: Abortion, Gay Rights, and Authoritarianism (Cambridge University Press, Elements in Political Psychology). His published research appears in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, and other outlets. His current research centers on (1) the politics of abortion and LGBT rights; (2) how basic values affect public opinion; (3) racial prejudice and support for the welfare state; and (4) issue-driven party sorting.

In his free time, he enjoys deadlifting and squatting, reading Image comics, and listening to bootleg recordings of the Velvet Underground and Les Rallizes Dénudés.  

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • 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


  • US Public Opinion
  • US Voting Behavior
  • Political Psychology