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Christopher Hare

Education

  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Georgia, 2015
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program, 2013
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Southern Mississippi, 2010
  • B.S., Political Science, University of Southern Mississippi, 2008

About

Christopher Hare is an assistant professor of political science currently working on a series of projects involving the measurement of American voters’ issue priorities and positions, and how we can use these measures to better understand citizens’ voting decisions. He blogs on applying spatial models to current questions and issues in American politics at voteviewblog.com. He has also consulted for political campaigns on statistical modeling issues. 

Research Focus

Hare’s substantive research agenda focuses on ideology and voting behavior in the American electorate, campaign strategy, and political polarization. Methodologically, his work focuses on measurement theory and ideal point estimation, Bayesian methods, and the application of machine learning techniques to model political behavior.

Selected Publications

  • Gibson, T., & Hare, C. (forthcoming) Moral epistemology and ideological conflict in American political behavior, Social Science Quarterly
  • Hare, C., & Lupton, R.N. (2016) Issue salience, ownership, and cross-pressures in the American Electorate: 2016 ANES Pilot Study Technical Report. Report to the American National Election Studies Board.
  • Hare, C., & Poole, K. T. (2015) Psychometric methods in political science. In The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Psychometric Testing, Paul Irwing, Tom Booth and David Hughes (Eds.). Under contract with Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Hare, C., Armstrong, D., Bakker, R., Carroll, R., & Poole, K. T. (2015) Using Bayesian Aldrich-McKelvey scaling to study citizens’ ideological preferences and perceptions. American Journal of Political Science 59 (3): 759-774.
  • Armstrong, D., Bakker, R., Carroll, R., Hare, C., Poole, K. T., & Rosenthal, H. (2014) Analyzing Spatial Models of Choice and Judgment with R. Statistics in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Series. Chapman and Hall/CRC.
  • Hare, C., & Poole, K. T. (2014) The polarization of contemporary American politics. Polity 46 (3): 411-429. 

Teaching

Hare teaches courses on American politics and mass political behavior, including classes such as political polarization and elections and voting behavior. He also teaches an introductory class on the use of statistical methods in political science (POL 51), and teaches graduate-level courses on linear regression and advanced topics in political methodology. 

Awards

  • Small Grant in Aid of Research (2016). “Issue Salience and Priorities in the American Electorate." Academic Senate Committee on Research, University of California, Davis.
  • Individual Research Grant (2015). “Issue Salience and Priorities in the American Electorate." Institute for Social Sciences at the University of California, Davis.
  • Co-Investigator (2014). Chapel Hill Expert Survey (CHES) on party positioning, United States expansion module.
  • Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship (2013). Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program.