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:

Broockman, David, and Neil Malhotra. 2020. ``What Do Partisan Donors Want?" Public Opinion Quarterly. 84(1): 104-118.

Iyengar, Shanto, Yphtach Lelkes, Matthew Levendusky, Neil Malhotra, and Sean Westwood. 2019. ``The Origins and Consequences of Affective Polarization in the United States." Annual Review of Political Science.

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.  (Erratum) (Updated Erratum)

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.