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John Bullock

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research

About

Areas of Focus

  • Partisanship, partisan conflict and partisan polarization
  • Effects of partisan labels on ballots and in the news
  • Public opinion about education, particularly higher education
  • Effects of education, particularly high school education, on adults' social and political views
  • Political misinformation
  • Political knowledge and ignorance
  • Questionnaire design and the validity of survey responses to partisan political questions
  • U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Life span of information on the internet

Work/Research

Bullock studies the effects of partisanship on people's political views. Three questions motivate his work in this area:

  • How can people make sensible political choices when they know so little about politics?
  • When will partisanship dominate people's thinking about political choices?
  • To what extent does partisan polarization create or reflect bias in political thinking?

With these questions in mind, Bullock's research speaks to concerns about "fake news," partisan response patterns in surveys and the effects of position-taking by party leaders on the views of ordinary citizens. 

Career

Bullock's scholarly articles have appeared in many venues, including the American Political Science Review and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Bullock earned his doctorate in political science from Stanford. He was an assistant professor at Yale and the University of Texas at Austin before joining Northwestern as an associate professor in 2017.