Michael W. Sances


I am a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University. Starting in August, 2015, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Memphis. I received my PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

I study American politics, with a focus on democratic representation, local politics, and research methods. My research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Election Law Journal, and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and has been featured in news media outlets including the Boston Globe and the Monkey Cage blog.

Recent Working Papers

Attribution Errors in Federalist Systems: When Voters Punish the President for Local Tax Increases. April 2015. PDF

“The Distributional Impact of Greater Responsiveness: Evidence from New York Towns.” April 2015. PDF

“Partisan Differences in Charitable Giving: Evidence from Individual-Level Survey Data.” With Michele Margolis. March 2015. PDF

“Closeness Counts: Increasing Precision and Reducing Errors in Voter Election Predictions.” With Kai Quek. March 2015. PDF

“Can We Convert Shirkers into Workers?” With Adam Berinsky and Michele Margolis. Invited for submission to the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology: Special Issue on Rigorous and Replicable Methods. March 2015. PDF

“Partisanship and Voter Confidence, 2000-2012.” With Charles Stewart. Revise and resubmit at Electoral Studies. June 2014. PDF