Collegiate Affiliation

Paul Goren is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science.

He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on American politics, public opinion, political psychology, 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 opinion on moral issues shape partisan and religious predispositions over time; and (3) how welfare opinions reinforce racial prejudice. His research on welfare and race is funded by the Russell Sage Foundation.

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


  • Political Psychology
  • Public Opinion
  • Voting Behavior