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Justin H. Gross

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Professional Title: 

Associate Professor of Political Science


Thompson 520


Office Hours: 

Spring 2020: Tu/Th 11:30am–12:30pm and by appt.


PhD Statistics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University; MS Mathematics, Salem State College; AB Latin American Studies, Brown University


My research interests include U.S. ideologies, political communication in mass and social media, public opinion, and the intersection of identity and political beliefs. I work on methodological problems in measurement, text analysis, and network analysis, and am especially interested in methods that put statistical and computational tools to use in service of our ability to achieve rich qualitative insights. I have published work in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, and several other journals and edited volumes.

Recently, I have begun work on a project examining the emergence of "mass incarceration" and the "carceral state" in the U.S. public imagination. Elements include the articulation of the problem, different approaches to framing and agenda-setting over time, causal attributions, proposed policy solutions, and increasing attention to sub-problems (e.g. wrongful convictions, unequal access to justice, privatization of prisons, impacts on communities, and criminalization of immigrants).


Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Political communication; political psychology; ideologies; statistical methods


  • Political Science