Matthew Levendusky

Associate Professor
898-7653

Matthew Levendusky is currently an associate professor of political science. He is also Chair of the department's graduate group. He was previously an assistant professor of Political Science at Penn (2007-2013), and a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University (2006-2007). He obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2006, and his BA (with highest honors) from The Pennsylvania State University in 2001.

Research Interests: 

His research focuses on understanding how institutions and elites influence the political behavior of ordinary citizens. This broad question is taken up in studies of mass polarization, voter cue taking, the impact of partisan media on ordinary voters, and a variety of other substantive questions. 

Selected Publications: 

His most recent book, How Partisan Media Polarize America, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2013. His previous book,  The Partisan Sort, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2009.  His other work has appeared in the American Journal of Political ScienceJournal of PoliticsPublic Opinion QuarterlyPolitical Analysis, and other outlets in political science. 

Other Affiliations: 

His teaching includes courses on public opinion and political behavior, political polarization, voting and elections, Congress, and political methodology. 

University of Pennsylvania
208 S. 37th Street, Room 217
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Edward Mansfield Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
John Lapinski Undergraduate Chair