Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy
Director of Undergraduate Studies
BA, Swarthmore, 1992; MPA, Princeton, 2000; PhD, UC Berkeley, 2008.
19 W. 4th Street, New York, NY 10012
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For a full list of my work, see my
Areas of Research/Interest: Public opinion and institutions in American politics; the formation of political attitudes; LGBT issues and politics
I'm an occasional contributor to the Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post. My posts are collected here.
I'm also on Twitter: @Patrick_J_Egan
And I spend a bit too much time making charts and maps about politics and policy.
- In 2017, I taught a January-term course on the 2016 elections at NYU's Washington, DC campus. Read more about it here.
- In Spring 2017, I'll be teaching a new undergraduate seminar on the empirical study of LGBT politics.
Egan, Patrick J. 2013. Partisan Priorities: How Issue Ownership Drives and Distorts American Politics. Cambridge University Press.
book review: Political Science Quarterly
book review: Public Opinion Quarterly
book review: Revue française de science politique
Interview with C-SPAN2's Book TV
Coverage in The Atlantic
Coverage in Slate
Persily, Nathaniel, Jack Citrin and Patrick J. Egan, eds. 2008. Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy. Oxford University Press.
book review: Harvard Law Review
book review: Law and Politics Book Review
book review: Perspectives on Politics
Egan, Patrick J. and Megan Mullin. 2016. "Recent Improvement and Projected Worsening of Weather in the United States." Nature 532: 357-360.
Our New York Times op-ed discussing the findings
Nature "News & Views" piece discussing the findings
Featured on Nature's cover
Egan, Patrick J. 2014. "`Do Something' Politics and Double-Peaked Policy Preferences." Journal of Politics 76(2): 333-349.
Egan, Patrick J. and Megan Mullin. 2012. "Turning Personal Experience into Political Attitudes: The Effect of Local Weather on Americans' Perceptions about Global Warming." Journal of Politics 74(3): 796-809.
Egan, Patrick J. 2012. "Group Cohesion without Group Mobilization: The Case of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals." British Journal of Political Science 42(3): 597-616.
Egan, Patrick J. and Kenneth Sherrill. 2005. "Marriage and the Shifting Priorities of a New Generation of Lesbians and Gays." PS: Political Science and Politics.
Persily, Nathaniel A., Thad Kousser and Patrick J. Egan. 2002. "The Complicated Impact of One Person, One Vote on Political Competition and Representation." North Carolina Law Review.
CHAPTERS IN EDITED VOLUMES
Egan, Patrick J. 2011. "Public Opinion, the Media, and Social Issues." in The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media, Lawrence R. Jacobs and Robert Y. Shapiro eds.
Egan, Patrick J., Nathaniel Persily, and Kevin Wallsten. 2008. "Gay Rights." In Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy, eds. Nathaniel Persily, Jack Citrin and Patrick J. Egan. Oxford University Press.
Goux, Darhsan, Patrick J. Egan, and Jack Citrin. 2008. "The War on Terror and Civil Liberties." In Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy, eds. Nathaniel Persily, Jack Citrin and Patrick J. Egan. Oxford University Press.
Bruce E. Cain, Patrick J. Egan and Sergio Fabbrini. 2003. "Toward More Open Democracies: The Expansion of Freedom of Information Laws," In Democracy Transformed? Expanding Political Opportunities in Advanced Industrial Democracies, eds. Bruce E. Cain, Russell J. Dalton, and Susan E. Scarrow. Oxford University Press.
Google Scholar profile
WORK IN PROGRESS
"Climate Change: U.S. Public Opinion." (with Megan Mullin). Invited contribution to the Annual Review of Political Science.
"Measuring Inequality of Opportunity and Assessing its Political Causes."
"New Approaches to Measuring Group Political Cohesion."
"What Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Identity Teaches Us about Political Identity—and Vice-Versa."
Local Weather and Climate Concern
Megan Mullin and I discuss recent findings on how local temperature variation affects global warming attitudes in an invited contribution to Nature Climate Change. 2014.
The Declining Culture of Guns and Violence in the United States
You'd never know it from media reports, but rates of gun ownership--and gun violence--are at the lowest levels they've been in generations. My post at the Monkey Cage. 2012.
Discrepancies Between Polls and Election ResultsFindings from a Decade of Polling on Ballot Measures Regarding the Legal Status of Same-Sex Couples. 2010.
Reducing LGBT Inequality in the Age of ObamaIdentifying policy goals within reach for the LGBT movement. In Pathways Magazine (published by the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality). 2010.
Term Limits for Municipal Elected OfficialsA report I was commissioned to write for the New York City Charter Revision Commission. 2010.
California's Proposition 8Understanding the vote on the same-sex marriage ban passed by California's voters in 2008. Co-authored with Kenneth Sherrill. 2009.
The Hard SellThe politics of Obama's Afghanistan troop surge. Co-authored with Josh Tucker
in The New Republic, 2009.
Court Decisions and Trends in Support for Same-Sex MarriageExtrapolating from public opinion trends, Nathaniel Persily and I predicted in 2009 that a majority of Americans would support the right to same-sex marriage by 2014. We were too pessimistic. In The Polling Report.
Bloomberg's Limited WinGood government advocates portrayed the extension of term limits for New York City elected officials in 2008 as a "power
grab" by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In this New York Times op-ed piece,
I argue that the change actually boosted the institutional power of
City Council to act as a democratic check on executive power.
A First-Ever Political Survey of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals with a Probability-Based SampleOur report on the first political survey ever to be fielded with a probability-based sample of lesbians, gays and bisexuals (conducted with Murray S. Edelman and Kenneth Sherrill). 2008.
Neither an In-Law Nor Outlaw BeOver-time trends in Americans' attitudes toward gay people. With Kenneth Sherrill. (Public Opinion Pros, February 2005.)