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Scott Blinder

Scott Blinder

Professional Title: 

Associate Professor of Political Science


Thompson 536



Ph.D., University of Chicago


Scott Blinder's research focuses on public opinion toward and perceptions of immigration, and more broadly on issues of racial, ethnic, and gender identities in political behavior in the US and Europe. His work examines both the sources of political attitudes and perceptions (for example, in media coverage) and their impact on voting behavior and policy debates. Another key area of interest is the existence, and limitations of, a social norm against racial prejudice, and the extent to which this norm shapes the ability of radical right parties to mobilize voters.


Selected Recent Publications

Nicole S. Martin and Scott Blinder. 2020. Biases at the Ballot Box: How Multiple Forms of Voter Discrimination Impede the Descriptive and Substantive Representation of Ethnic Minority GroupsPolitical Behavior (open access).

Scott Blinder and Yvonni Markaki. 2019. Acceptable in the EU? Why some immigration restrictionists support European Union mobilityEuropean Union Politics. (working paper version)

Scott Blinder and Brian F. Schaffner. Going with the Flows: Information that Changes Americans’ Immigration PreferencesInternational Journal of Public Opinion Research.


Area of Study: 

  • American politics
  • Comparative politics


  • Political Psychology & Immigration


  • Political Science