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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121


Austin Hart. Methods / Comparative Politics / American Politics. Thesis: Campaigning for the Economy: Campaign Messages and the Economic Vote in Five Democracies (Weyland, Shaw). I argue that electoral candidates, by emphasizing or deemphasizing economic issues in televised campaign ads, condition voters' willingness to hold governments responsible for their economic stewardship. I evaluate this priming-based approach against the conventional expectation that candidates have little influence on the economic vote. A manuscript based on this research is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics. I was also invited recently by the Journal of Politics to revise and resubmit a co-authored manuscript that presents evidence based on a large-scale survey experiment in support of this priming-based approach. Status: PhD, May 2013; Lecturer at the School of International Service at American University and Coordinator of the Graduate Statistics Program. Publications: Journal of Politics (Forthcoming and 2013), Comparative Political Studies (2010). Grants: NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant, Time-sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS) Grant. Teaching experience: International Affairs Statistics and Methods (MA Course), Advanced Statistics (MA Course), Quantitative Methods in IR (PhD Course). Email:, Web profile:, Website:

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