Neil Malhotra

Professor of Political Economy

Graduate School of Business
Stanford University
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305-7298
(408) 772-7969
neilm (at)
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Political Polarization and Representation

Bridging the study of political behavior and political institutions, I have analyzed the behavior of various political actors in an era of polarized politics: Congress, the Supreme Court, and the mass public. I am specifically interested in how the representativeness of institutions affects public support for them.

Please find links to his publications in this research area below:

McConnell, Christopher, Yotam Margalit, Neil Malhotra, and Matthew Levendusky. 2018. "The Economic Consequences of Partisanship in a Polarized Era." American Journal of Political Science. 62(1): 5-18.

Huber, Gregory A., and Neil Malhotra. 2017. "Political Homphily in Social Relationships: Evidence from Online Dating Behavior." Journal of Politics. 79(1): 269-283.

Kuo, Alexander, Neil Malhotra, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. 2017. "Social Exclusion and Political Identity: The Case of Asian American Partisanship." Journal of Politics. 79(1): 17-32.

Levendusky, Matthew, and Neil Malhotra. 2016. "Does Media Coverage of Partisan Polarization Affect Political Attitudes?" Political Communication. 33(2): 283-301.

Levendusky, Matthew, and Neil Malhotra. 2016. "(Mis)perceptions of Partisan Polarization in the American Public." Public Opinion Quarterly. 80(S1): 378-391.

Grose, Christian R., Neil Malhotra, and Robert P. Van Houweling. 2015. “Explaining Explanations: How Legislators Explain their Policy Positions and How Citizens React." American Journal of Political Science. 59(3): 724-743.

Harbridge, Laurel, Neil Malhotra, and Brian Harrison. 2014. “Public Preferences for Bipartisanship in the Policymaking Process." Legislative Studies Quarterly.  39(3): 327-355.

Malhotra, Neil, and Stephen Jessee. 2014. “Ideological Proximity and Support for the Supreme Court." Political Behavior. 36(4): 817-846.

Krosnick, Jon A., Neil Malhotra, and Urja Mittal. 2014. “Public Misunderstanding of Political Facts: How Question Wording Affected Estimates of Partisan Differences in Birtherism." Public Opinion Quarterly. 78(1): 147-165.

Rothschild, David, and Neil Malhotra. 2014. "Are Public Opinion Polls Self-Fulfilling Prophecies?" Research and Politics. 1(2): 1-10.

Jessee, Stephen, and Neil Malhotra. 2013. “Public (Mis)perceptions of Supreme Court Ideology: A Method for Directly Comparing the Positions of Citizens and Justices." Public Opinion Quarterly. 77(2): 619-634.

Malhotra, Neil, and Elizabeth Popp. 2012. “Bridging Partisan Divisions over Anti-Terrorism Policies: The Role of Threat Perceptions." Political Research Quarterly. 65(1): 34-47.

Harbridge, Laurel, and Neil Malhotra. 2011. “Electoral Incentives and Partisan Conflict in Congress: Evidence from Survey Experiments." American Journal of Political Science. 55(3): 494-510.

Jessee, Stephen, and Neil Malhotra. 2010. “Are Congressional Leaders Middlepersons or Extremists? Yes." Legislative Studies Quarterly. 35(3): 361-392.

Malhotra, Neil, and Connor Raso. 2007. “Racial Representation and U.S. Senate Apportionment." Social Science Quarterly. 88(4): 1038-1048.