ISPSResident Postdoctoral Fellow
Patrick Tucker is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Center for the Study of American Politics. His research interests are broadly related to American politics, with specific interests in representation, public opinion, Congress, and the stability of political attitudes.
Dr. Tucker received his Ph.D in political science from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. His dissertation evaluated how citizens approached representation in a polarized world. Using original panel data, he found that perceptions of a legislator on both a policy and non-policy dimension significantly change in response to perceptions of the legislator’s public effort. Furthermore, even in a political landscape dominated by partisanship, citizens value more than ideological congruence when evaluating their representatives. This ability of legislators to improve their image was not limited to co-partisans, but also effective with independents and citizens of the opposite party. Finally, the dissertation extended these findings to examine differences between the public’s views of senators and House members.