Neil O’Brian

O'Brian1Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in political science at U.C. Berkeley.

My research focuses on political parties, Congress, polarization and representation. I have published on these topics in the Journal of Politics and Perspectives on Politics.

My dissertation uses original archival research, secondary accounts, and under-utilized public opinion data to understand the role of the mass public and racial realignment in shaping today’s party system in the United States. I argue contemporary polarization is rooted in long-standing issue connections between racial attitudes and other policy views among ordinary voters. To learn more about this work, see the “Dissertation” tab.


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