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Department of Political Science

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332 Commons Center

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Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 p.m., Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., or by appointment.


Ph.D., Government, University of Texas at Austin


American Politics

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Research on Individuals, Politics, and Society Lab (RIPS)


Political Behavior

Curriculum Vitae

Marc J. Hetherington


Marc Hetherington is Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. He studies the American electorate, with a particular focus on the polarization of public opinion. He is the author of three scholarly books, the most recent of which, Why Washington Won’t Work won the Alexander George Award from the International Society of Political Psychology, as the best book in the field of political psychology published in 2015. His second book, Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics co-authored with Jonathan Weiler, won the Philip Converse Award in 2016 from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section of the APSA. Taken together, these two awards have led many to wonder what is wrong with his first book, Why Trust Matters. In 2004, Marc was awarded the Emerging Scholar Award from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section of the American Political Science Association. He has published more than a dozen articles in a wide range of top scholarly journals and also won several college and university teaching awards. 




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