John Sides studies political behavior in American and comparative politics. He is an author of Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and The Battle for the Meaning of America, The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Election, and Campaigns and Election: Rules, Reality, Strategy, Choice. He has published articles in various scholarly journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. His current book project focuses on fiscal politics in the U.S.
He helped found and serves as editor-in-chief of The Monkey Cage, a site about political science and politics at the Washington Post. He has also written for such outlets as FiveThirtyEight, the Boston Review, Bloomberg View, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. He serves as Research Advisor to the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group and a member of the National Budgeting Roundtable.
He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Vanderbilt, he taught at the University of Texas-Austin and George Washington University.
- Hopkins, Daniel J., John Sides, and Jack Citrin. 2019. "The Muted Consequences of Correct Information about Immigration." Journal of Politics 81(1): 315-320.
- Sides, John, Christopher Tausanovitch, Christopher Warshaw, and Lynn Vavreck. 2018. "On the Representativeness of Primary Electorates." British Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.
- Sides, John. 2016. "Stories or Science? Facts, Frames, and Policy Attitudes." American Politics Research 44(3): 387-414.
- Lawrence, Eric and John Sides. 2014. "The Consequences of Innumeracy." Research and Politics 1(2): 1-8.
- Sides, John and Kimberly Gross. 2013. "Stereotypes of Muslims and Support for the War on Terror." Journal of Politics 75(3): 583-598.