Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science. Author of books and articles on the role of information in political decision-making. Important work conceptualizing voter competence, specifying the conditions under which people trust others' statements, demonstrating the interactive effect of psychological and economic factors on political communication and how to improve science communication. Books include Uninformed: Why Citizens Know So Little About Politics and What We Can Do About It. the Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Political Science (with Donald P. Green, James N Druckman, and James H. Kuklinski) and The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know? (with Mathew D. McCubbins). He co-founded TESS (Time-Shared Experiments for the Social Sciences), served as Principal Investigator for the American National Election Studies, and serves as Principal Investigator of EITM (the Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models summer institutes).
He has been a Guggenheim fellow, is a AAAS fellow, and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His awards include the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research and the American Association for Public Opinion’s Warren Mitofsky Innovators Award. He is currently an Andrew Carnegie Fellow and serves as Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on the Application of the Social and Behavioral Science.