David Doherty
Assistant Professor of Political Science

I am an assistant professor of political science at Loyola University Chicago where I teach courses on American politics and political behavior.

My research addresses a variety of issues related to political attitudes and behavior. I am particularly interested in:
  • public perceptions and evaluations of political processes--how people want political actors to make decisions, what procedures they view as fair and unfair, and how they make inferences about what drives representatives and other political elites;
  • lab, survey, and field experimental research methods;
  • the relationships between core personality traits (the Big Five) and political attitudes and behavior;
  • how campaign communications affect voters' attitudes and behavior;
  • innovative approaches to teaching political concepts and methods to undergraduate and graduate students.
My work has appeared in journals including The American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and Journal of Political Science Education. See below for a full list of my publications and working papers, including links to papers.

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago, 2011-present.

Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University, 2008-2011.


PhD, Political Science: University of Colorado, 2008
Fields of Specialization: American Politics, Political Methodology
Dissertation: "Perceived Motivations in the Political Arena".
Committee: Jennifer Wolak (advisor), Ken Bickers, Vanessa Baird, John McIver, and Chick Judd

B.A., Political Science: New College, Sarasota, FL, 1999


Working Papers

  • Doherty, David. "The Public's Concept of Representation" (conference paper from book manuscript in progress) [Abstract]
  • Doherty, David and James Stancliffe. "Tolerating Speech: Assessing the Effects of Message, Messenger, and Framing" [Abstract]
  • Doherty, David, Conor M. Dowling and Michael Miller. "When Is Changing Policy Positions Costly for Politicians? Experimental Evidence" [Abstract]
  • Doherty, David and Jessica Mecellem. "Conceptions of Democracy in the Arab World." [Abstract]
  • Doherty, David and Peter Schraeder. "Patterns of Participation in a Revolution and Its Aftermath." [Abstract]
  • Gerber, Alan S., Gregory A. Huber, Conor M. Dowling, David Doherty, and Nicole Schwartzberg. "Using Battleground States as a Natural Experiment to Test Theories of Voting." [Abstract]
  • Gerber, Alan S., Gregory A. Huber, David Doherty, Conor M. Dowling, and Seth Hill. "The Voting Experience and Beliefs about Ballot Secrecy" [Abstract]

Awards and Fellowships

2015LUC Summer Research Stipend: "The Public's Concept of Representation."
2014Bonjean Award (Southwestern Social Sciences Association): "Pushing 'Reset': The Conditional Effects of Coaching Replacements on College Football Performance."
2013LUC Summer Research Stipend: "Public Responses to Negative Political Information."
2012LUC Summer Research Stipend: "Public Preferences about the Representation Relationship."
2010National Science Foundation Grant: "Social and Psychological Dimensions of Ballot Secrecy" (PIs: Alan Gerber and Gregory A. Huber)
2009Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS) grant: "Who Do People Think Representatives Should Respond To: Their Constituents or the Country?"
2007Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences (CARTSS) Scholars grant: "Deciding What is Fair" (Co-PI: Jennifer Wolak)
2006Alumni Teaching Fellowship, New College (Sarasota, FL)

Email: ddoherty@luc.edu