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Justin H. Gross

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Professional Title: 

Associate Professor of Political Science

Service Role: 

  • Undergraduate Program Director (political science)


Thompson 520


Office Hours: 

Fall 2019: Tues. 9:45-11:15am and by appt.


PhD Statistics and Public Policy, MPhil Public Policy and Management, MS Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University; MA 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, the politics of public policy processes, U.S. political history, 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, and several other journals and edited volumes.

I would be thrilled to work with graduate students and highly motivated undergraduates who have an interest in any of the following: the empirical study of ideologies; the role of core values, assumptions, and facts in belief systems; agenda-setting and framing in political communication; and the history of ideas. I would also be happy to work with students who wish to develop or improve their skills in statistical methods, content analysis, social/political network analysis, and computationally-assisted qualitative approaches to the study of politics.

I have collaborated with students on articles and chapters published in Social Networks, American Politics Research, Congress & the Presidency, The Oxford Handbook of Political Networks, and the forthcoming Latinos and the 2016 Election, as well as interdisciplinary papers in peer-reviewed proceedings of computational linguistics conferences.

Area of Study: 

  • American politics

Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Political Science