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.


Education

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


Publications

  1. Doherty, David. Forthcoming. "Perceived Motives in the Political Arena." American Politics Research. [Replication Archive] (Popular press coverage: London School of Economics USAPP Blog; Democracy Audit UK)
  2. Doherty, David. 2015. "How Policy and Procedure Shape Citizens' Evaluations of Senators." Legislative Studies Quarterly 40: 241-272. [Replication Archive]; [Supplementary Analysis Document]
  3. Gerber, Alan S., Gregory A. Huber, David Doherty, and Conor M. Dowling. Forthcoming. "Why People Vote: Estimating the Social Returns to Voting." British Journal of Political Science.
  4. Doherty, David and E. Scott Adler. 2014. "The Persuasive Effects of Campaign Mailers." Political Research Quarterly 67: 562-573. [Replication Archive]; [Supplementary Analysis Document] (Popular press coverage: San Diego CityBeat; SF Chronicle; London School of Economics USAPP Blog)
  5. Doherty, David, Conor M. Dowling and Michael Miller. 2014. "Does Time Heal All Wounds? Sex Scandals, Tax Evasion, and the Passage of Time." PS: Political Science & Politics 47: 357-366. (Popular press coverage: Washington Post Wonkblog; Yahoo! News; Washington Monthly; FiveThirtyEight)
  6. Doherty, David and Josh Ryan. 2014. "Redistricting in the Classroom: A Module for Inductive Learning." PS: Political Science & Politics 47: 490-496.
  7. Gerber, Alan S., Eric M. Patashnik, David Doherty, and Conor M. Dowling. 2014. "Doctor Knows Best: Physician Endorsements, Public Opinion, and the Politics of Comparative Effectiveness Research." Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 39: 171-208.
  8. Gerber, Alan S., Gregory A. Huber, David Doherty, Conor M. Dowling, and Seth Hill. 2013. "Do Perceptions of Ballot Secrecy Influence Turnout? Results from a Field Experiment." American Journal of Political Science 57: 537-551.
  9. Gerber, Alan S., Gregory A. Huber, David Doherty, Conor M. Dowling, and Seth Hill. 2013. "Who Wants to Discuss Vote Choices with Others?: Polarization in Preferences for Deliberation." Public Opinion Quarterly 77: 474-496. [Replication Archive]
  10. Doherty, David. 2013. "To Whom Do People Think Representatives Should Respond: Their District or the Country?" Public Opinion Quarterly 77: 237-255. [Replication Archive]; [Online Appendix].(Popular press coverage: Charles Blow NY Times Op-Ed; Pew Research FactTank; Cook Political Report)
  11. Adler, E. Scott, Michael Berry, and David Doherty. 2013. "Pushing 'Reset': The Conditional Effects of Coaching Replacements on College Football Performance." Social Science Quarterly 94: 1-28. (Popular press coverage: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Economist (blog), Freakonomics Blog, WGN Radio Interview, Pittsburgh Post Gazette; Kansas City Star)
  12. Gerber, Alan S., Gregory A. Huber, David Doherty, and Conor M. Dowling. 2013. "Is There a Secret Ballot? Ballot Secrecy Perceptions and Their Implications for Voting Behaviour." British Journal of Political Science 43: 77-102. [Replication Archive]
  13. Gerber, Alan S., Gregory A. Huber, David Doherty, Conor M. Dowling, and Costas Panagopoulos. 2013. "Big Five Personality Traits and Responses to Persuasive Appeals: Results from Voter Turnout Experiments." Political Behavior 35: 687-728.
  14. Gerber, Alan S., Gregory A. Huber, David Doherty, and Conor M. Dowling. 2013. "Assessing the Stability of Psychological and Political Survey Measures." American Politics Research 41: 54-75. [Replication Archive]
  15. Gerber, Alan S., Gregory A. Huber, David Doherty, and Conor M. Dowling. 2012. "Disagreement and the Avoidance of Political Discussion: Aggregate Relationships and Differences across Personality Traits." American Journal of Political Science 56: 849-874. [Replication Archive]; [Online Apendix]
  16. Doherty, David and Jennifer Wolak. 2012. "When Do the Ends Justify the Means? Evaluating Procedural Fairness." Political Behavior 34: 301-323.
  17. Gerber, Alan S., Gregory A. Huber, David Doherty, and Conor M. Dowling. 2012. "Personality and the Strength and Direction of Partisan Identification." Political Behavior 34: 653-688. [Replication Archive]
  18. Doherty, David, Conor M. Dowling, and Michael Miller. 2011. "Are Financial or Moral Scandals Worse? It Depends." PS: Political Science & Politics 44: 749-757. (Popular press coverage: NPR; The Monkey Cage; Pacific Standard; The Atlantic; FiveThirtyEight)
  19. Gerber, Alan S., Gregory A. Huber, David Doherty, and Conor M. Dowling. 2011. "Citizens' Policy Confidence and Electoral Punishment: A Neglected Dimension of Electoral Accountability" Journal of Politics 73: 1206-1224. [Replication Archive]
  20. Gerber, Alan S., Gregory A. Huber, David Doherty, Conor M. Dowling, Conor Raso, and Shang Ha. 2011. "Personality Traits and Participation in Political Processes." Journal of Politics 73: 692-706. [Replication Archive]; [Online Appendix]
  21. Doherty, David. 2011. "Teaching Experimental Methods: A Framework for Hands-On Modules." Journal of Political Science Education 7: 163-172.
  22. Gerber, Alan S., Gregory A. Huber, David Doherty, and Conor M. Dowling. 2011. "Big Five Personality Traits in the Political Arena." Annual Review of Political Science 14: 265-287.
  23. Gerber, Alan S., Gregory A. Huber, David Doherty, and Conor M. Dowling. 2011. "Personality Traits and the Consumption of Political Information." American Politics Research 39: 32-84. [Replication Archive]
  24. Gerber, Alan S., Eric Patashnik, David Doherty, and Conor M. Dowling. 2010. "The Public Wants Information, Not Mandates, From Comparative Effectiveness Research." Health Affairs 29: 1872-1881.
  25. Gerber, Alan S., Eric Patashnik, David Doherty, and Conor M. Dowling. 2010. "A National Survey Reveals Public Skepticism About Research-Based Treatment Guidelines." Health Affairs 29: 1882-1884. (Popular press coverage: The Monkey Cage)
  26. Gerber, Alan S., Neil Malhotra, Conor M. Dowling, and David Doherty. 2010. "Publication Bias in Political Science: An Investigation of Two Literatures." American Politics Research 38: 591-613.
  27. Gerber, Alan S., Gregory A. Huber, David Doherty, Conor M. Dowling, and Shang Ha. 2010. "Personality and Political Attitudes: Relationships Across Issue Domains and Political Contexts." American Political Science Review 104: 111-133. [Replication Archive]
  28. Doherty, David. 2008. "Presidential Rhetoric, Candidate Evaluations, and Party Identification: Can Parties 'Own' Values?" Political Research Quarterly 61: 419-433.

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