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Noam Lupu

Associate Professor
Associate Director, Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP)

Noam Lupu is Associate Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University and Associate Director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project. His research interests include comparative political behavior, representation, Latin American politics, political parties and partisanship, and class and inequality. His research examines how contexts condition mass attitudes and behavior, and how these and other factors shape democratic representation. He focuses especially on features of politics in developing country contexts that are less prevalent in the advanced democracies on which most behavioral theories are based. His book, Party Brands in Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2016), explores how the dilution of party brands eroded partisan attachments in Latin America and facilitated the collapse of established parties. His current research examines the effects of inequality, violence, and corruption on political attitudes and vote choice, and inequalities in democratic representation around the world. His research has appeared in American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, and World Politics, among others.  Before joining Vanderbilt’s Department of Political Science, he was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Representative publications

  • Lupu, Noam and Nicholas Carnes. “Do Voters Dislike Working-Class Candidates? Voter Biases and the Descriptive Underrepresentation of the Working Class," American Political Science Review (forthcoming).
  • Lupu, Noam. Party Brands in Crisis: Partisanship, Brand Dilution, and the Breakdown of Political Parties in Latin America, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • Lupu, Noam. “The End of the Kirchner Era,” Journal of Democracy 27(2): 35–49 (2016).
  • Lupu, Noam and Nicholas Carnes. “What Good is a College Degree? Education and Leader Quality Reconsidered," Journal of Politics 78(1): 35–49 (2016).
  • Lupu, Noam. “Party Polarization and Mass Partisanship: A Comparative Perspective,” Political Behavior 37(2): 331–356 (2015).
  • Lupu, Noam and Nicholas Carnes. “Rethinking the Comparative Perspective on Class and Representation: Evidence from Latin America," American Journal of Political Science 59(1): 1–18 (2015).
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