Patrick J. Egan

Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy
Director of Undergraduate Studies
BA, Swarthmore, 1992; MPA, Princeton, 2000; PhD, UC Berkeley, 2008.

Email:  patrick.egan@nyu.edu
Phone:  (212) 992-8078
Office Address:  19 W. 4th Street, New York, NY 10012
Office Room Number:  327

For a full list of my work, see my Vita.

Areas of Research/Interest: Public opinion and institutions in U.S. politics; the formation of political attitudes; climate change; LGBT politics

About Me:
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.

New courses:
- 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'm teaching a new undergraduate seminar on the empirical study of LGBT politics.


Select Publications:


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

Supplementary appendix
Replication archive

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. 2017. "Climate Change: U.S. Public Opinion." Annual Review of Political Science.

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

Replication archive

Egan, Patrick J. 2014. "`Do Something' Politics and Double-Peaked Policy Preferences."  Journal of Politics 76(2): 333-349.

Replication archive

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.

Replication archive

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.

Replication archive

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.


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


"Political Knowledge and Misinformation in the Era of Social Media: Evidence from the 2015 U.K. Election." (with Kevin Munger, Jonathan Nagler, Jonathan Ronen, and Josh Tucker)

"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 Results

Findings from a Decade of Polling on Ballot Measures Regarding the Legal Status of Same-Sex Couples. 2010.

Reducing LGBT Inequality in the Age of Obama

Identifying 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 Officials

A report I was commissioned to write for the New York City Charter Revision Commission. 2010.

California's Proposition 8

Understanding the vote on the same-sex marriage ban passed by California's voters in 2008. Co-authored with Kenneth Sherrill. 2009.

The Hard Sell

The 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 Marriage

Extrapolating 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 Win

Good 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 Sample

Our 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 Be

Over-time trends in Americans' attitudes toward gay people. With Kenneth Sherrill. (Public Opinion Pros, February 2005.)

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