Politics and Psychology
B.S. 1996, Caltech; M.A. 1997, Princeton; A.M. 1999, Ph.D. 2003, Harvard.
eric.dickson [at] nyu.edu
NYU Department of Politics, 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: Political Methodology; Political Economy
Welcome. I'm an NYU faculty member in the Department of Politics, the Center for Experimental Social Science, and (with affiliated status) the Department of Psychology. I am also a member of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), the Experiments in Governance and Politics (EGAP) research network, and various other professional associations in political science, psychology, and experimental economics.
My experimental research uses methods from all of these disciplines. Substantively, my recent experimental work has focused on the institutional foundations of legitimate authority and the effects of social identities on political cognition and political communication.
I also develop behavioral game-theoretic models of political phenomena, which explicitly incorporate insights from psychology into strategic settings. My recent work using these methods has particularly focused on the construction and contestation of identities through political processes, and the strategic advantages that can be conferred by identity attachments and irrational beliefs in behavioral equilibrium.
In addition to the time I spend at NYU, I have recently been a visiting researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse.
I am currently redeveloping this webpage, but you can find links to some of my past and more recent research below. I will be adding more in the time to come.
· Learning from Debate: Institutions and Information. (with Catherine Hafer and Dimitri Landa)
Political Science Research and Methods 3(3):449-472 (2015)
· Institutional Sources of Legitimate Authority. (with Sanford Gordon and Gregory Huber)
American Journal of Political Science 59(1):109-127 (2015)· Political Value. (with John Jost, Elvira Basevich, and Sharareh Noorbaloochi)
Handbook of Value, Oxford University Press (2015)· Economics vs Psychology Experiments
Handbook of Experimental Political Science, Cambridge University Press (2011)
· "We Don't Talk to Terrorists": On the Rhetoric and Practice of Secret Negotiations. (with Julie Browne)
Journal of Conflict Resolution 54(3):379-407 (2010)
· Social Identity, Electoral Institutions, and the Number of Candidates. (with Kenneth Scheve)
British Journal of Political Science 40(2):349-375 (2010)
· Enforcement and Compliance in an Uncertain World: An Experimental Investigation. (with Sanford Gordon and Gregory Huber)
Journal of Politics 71(4):1357-1378 (2009)
· Do Participants and Observers Assess Intentions Differently During Bargaining and Conflict? An Experiment.
American Journal of Political Science 53(4):910-930 (2009)· Expected Utility Violations Evolve Under Status-Based Selection Mechanisms.
Journal of Theoretical Biology 254(3):650-654 (2008)
· Cognition and Strategy: A Deliberation Experiment. (with Catherine Hafer and Dimitri Landa)
Journal of Politics 70(4):974-989 (2008)
· The Propaganda of the Deed: Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and Mobilization. (with Ethan Bueno de Mesquita)
American Journal of Political Science 51(2):364-381 (2007)
· Rational Choice Epistemology and Belief Formation in Mass Politics.
Journal of Theoretical Politics 18(4):455-498 (2006)
· Social Identity, Political Speech, and Electoral Competition. (with Kenneth Scheve)
Journal of Theoretical Politics 18(1):5-39 (2006)
· Working and Shirking: Equilibrium in Public Goods Games with Overlapping Generations of Players. (with Kenneth Shepsle)
Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 17:285-318 (2001)
· Dynamical Tide in Solar-Type Binaries. (with Jeremy Goodman)
Astrophysical Journal 507:938 (1998)
· The Discovery of Five Quasars at z>4 Using the Second Palomar Sky Survey (with J.D. Kennefick et al)
Astronomical Journal 110:78 (1995)