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Isaac Hale


  • PhD, Political Science, University of California, Davis (2020)
  • BA, Politics, Occidental College (2011)


I am an Equity Research Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Santa Barbara’s Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy. I received my PhD from the University of California, Davis in June 2020. Prior to arriving at UCSB, I served as a Lecturer of Political Science at UC Davis.

My research agenda focuses broadly on electoral systems, legislative representation, and the intersection of race & American politics. My graduate work, advised by Professors Matthew S. Shugart and James F. Adams, focused on how electoral systems shape electoral outcomes and candidate behavior in the US, the UK, and Chile. In addition, I have authored several papers analyzing how racial attitudes affect voter behavior and legislative representation, particularly in recent U.S. elections.

In addition to my research, I have also served as a Lecturer and Associate Instructor in the UC Davis Department of Political Science. In this capacity, I developed and implemented curricula suitable for a diverse group of undergraduate students.

To learn more about my research, teaching, and media appearances, please visit my website at www.isaacdhale.com

Selected Publications

Algara, Carlos and Isaac Hale. 2020. "White Racial Attitudes & Political Cross-Pressures in Nationalized Elections: The Case of the Republican Coalition in the Trump Era." Electoral Studies.

Hale, Isaac. 2019. "Candidate Extremism and Electoral Design in U.S. State Legislative Elections." Social Science Quarterly.

Hale, Isaac. 2019. "The Compound Effects of Candidate Race and Racial Resentment in US House Elections." Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.

Hale, Isaac. 2019. "Abandon Ship? An Analysis of Tactical Voting Among Liberal Democrat Voters in the 2015 UK Election." Parliamentary Affairs.

Algara, Carlos and Isaac Hale. 2019. "The Distorting Effects of Racial Animus on Proximity Voting in the 2016 Elections." Electoral Studies. 58(2019): 58-69.

Highton, Benjamin, Robert Huckfeldt, and Isaac Hale. 2016. "Some General Election Consequences of California's Top-Two Primary System." The California Journal of Politics & Policy, 8(2).

Hale, Isaac. "Electoral Reform & Strategic Voting in Chilean Legislative Elections." Invited to Revise & Resubmit.

Algara, Carlos, Isaac Hale, and Cory Struthers. “Do Voters Balance Partisan Control of the Federal Government? Assessing the Case of the 2021 Georgia U.S. Senate Runoffs.” Under review.



As a Lecturer at the University of California, Davis, I developed and taught the following courses:

  • America Decides: the 2020 Election
  • Electoral Systems
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics, Fall 2020 & Spring 2021
  • The Legislative Process, Summer 2020 & Winter 2021
  • The Presidency, Summer 2020 & Winter 2021


As an Associate Instructor at the University of California, Davis, I developed and taught the following courses:

  • Introduction to American Politics, Fall 2017 & Winter 2018
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics, Summer 2017 & Summer 2018
  • The Legislative Process, Winter 2019
  • The Presidency, Spring 2020


Please visit www.isaacdhale.com/teaching  for a comprehensive list of classes I have both instructed and served as a TA for, along with associated course materials..


2019 Marvin Zetterbaum Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Instruction, Department of Political Science, University of California, Davis

2018 Graduate Student Association Travel Award to Attend the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association

2017-2019 Department of Political Science Travel Grants to Attend the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association

2014-2015 Provost's Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences