Shanto Iyengar holds the Chandler Chair in Communication at Stanford University where he is also Professor of Political Science and Director of the Political Communication Laboratory. Iyengar’s areas of expertise include the role of mass media in democratic societies, public opinion, and political psychology.
Simon Jackman’s research centers on American electoral politics, public opinion, democratic representation and the art and science of survey research. In recent years his research has investigated the use of Internet as a platform for survey research, to better track the evolution of public opinion and produce more politically relevant assessments of American political attitudes. In 2007-08 he was one of the principal investigators of the Cooperative Campaign Analysis Project, an Internet-based, six-wave, longitudinal study of the American electorate leading up to the 2008 Presidential election. Jackman co-directs the Stanford Center for American Democracy and the is one of the principal investigators of the American National Election Studies, 2010-2013.
Lauren Davenport is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Her general research interests include American politics, public opinion, and race and ethnicity. In particular, her work seeks to problematize the study of racial identity by examining the development of political group consciousness among the U.S. mixed-race population. Professor Davenport's current book project, Politics Between Black and White, assesses how social, historical, and economic processes help construct multiracials' identities and political outlook. Her other ongoing research projects examine public attitudes towards interracial marriage, the policy ramifications of multiple-race identification, and the influence of coethnicity on voter support for political candidates.
Adam Bonica is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. His research focuses on ideology, campaign finance and interest groups politics. His main dissertation project developed a new methodology for measuring the ideology of political actors using campaign finance records. By leveraging a large-scale database of contributions made to campaigns at every level of American politics, the method is able to recover a unified set of ideological measures for not only elected legislators but also for challengers, presidential and gubernatorial candidates, judicial candidates, ballot measures and other campaigns, as well as thousands of political organizations and millions of private donors.