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Paul Kellstedt

Areas of Speciality
  • American Politics
  • Methods
  • (979) 845-3082
  • LASB 376
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Research Interests

  • American politics and methodology


Dr. Paul M. Kellstedt’s fields of expertise are public opinion and political methodology. Prior to joining the Texas A&M University faculty, he taught at Brown University and the University of Minnesota. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1999), at Nuffield College, University of Oxford (2008), and at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (2014).

He is the author of The Mass Media and the Dynamics of American Racial Attitudes (Cambridge, 2003), which won the Goldsmith Book Prize, given by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the co-author, with Guy Whitten, of The Fundamentals of Political Science Research (Cambridge, 2009 and 2013), a leading text on research design and statistics for undergraduates. He has published a variety of articles on public opinion and statistical methodology, in outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political SciencePolitical Analysis, among others. He co-teaches Advanced Time Series Analysis at the ICPSR summer program at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Kellstedt is currently an Associate Editor of Political Science Research and Methods, the flagship journal of the European Political Science Association. In June, 2018, he will become the journal’s Editor in Chief.

His current research projects include work on economic evaluations in the mass public and an examination of the nature of policy mood. Dr. Kellstedt has teaching interests in public opinion, voting behavior, campaigns and elections, research design, econometrics, and time-series analysis.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses
POLS 209: Introduction to Political Science Research
POLS 313: Public Opinion

Graduate courses
POLS 601: Components of Political Inquiry
POLS 602: Quantitative Political Analysis
POLS 603: Quantitative Political Analysis II
POLS 671: American Political Behavior
POLS 675:Seminar in American Political Processes and Behavior
POLS 685: Directed Studies

Representative Publications

  • The Mass Media and the Dynamics of American Racial Attitudes (Cambridge University Press)
  • The Fundamentals of Political Science Research (Cambridge University Press)