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Department of Political Science

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332 Commons Center

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Mondays 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., or by appointment.


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


American Politics

Research Networks

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


Political Behavior

Curriculum Vitae

Marc J. Hetherington


Marc arrived at Vanderbilt in 2004. He has published two books about the American electorate -- Why Trust Matters: Declining Political Trust and the Demise of American Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 2005) and Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics ((with Jonathan Weiler) Cambridge University Press, 2009). He has also published numerous articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, and British Journal of Political Science. Taken together, his publications have generated more than 1,100 Social Sciences Citation Index citations. In 2004, he won the Emerging Scholar Award from the APSA section on Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior, and he has also won several teaching awards. Beyond the scholarly world, Marc is married with two childen (one a particularly talented guitarist and the other a particularly talented athlete). Before beginning graduate school, he worked in politics for two years and continues to count real world politics among his passions.



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