Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director

Department of Government

School of Public Affairs

American University




I specialize in public opinion, political psychology, and political communication, mainly in the U.S., with substantive foci on economic and social inequality and the politicization of science.


I'm currently working on a book manuscript (How Americans Explain Inequality, and Why It Matters) that seeks to understand the connection between Americans' causal attributions for socioeconomic inequality and their political attitudes. My current work on science & politics spans several topics, including public beliefs about genetics, public trust in science amidst the COVID pandemic, and communication between Congress and outside experts.

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Contact Info:

Kerwin Hall

4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20016-8130