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David P. Redlawsk
Professor of Political Science; Director, Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University. Ph.D., Rutgers University, M.B.A., Vanderbilt University, B.A. from Duke University

David Redlawsk's research focuses on campaigns, elections, and the role of information in voter decision making and on emotional responses to campaign information. His research has been supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation, and has served on the board of the American National Election Studies.  Redlawsk's newest book (with Kyle Mattes) is The Positive Case for Negative Campaigning, published by the University of Chicago Press. Chicago also published his last book (with Caroline J. Tolbert and Todd Donovan), Why Iowa?: Sequential Elections, Reform and U.S. Presidential Nominations, in 2011. A new edited volume on governors, The American Governot: Power, Constraint and Leadership in the States, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in August 2015.

Other books include, How Voters Decide: Information Processing in an Election Campaign, (with Richard Lau) published by Cambridge University Press and winner of the 2007 Alexander George Award for Best Book in Political Psychology from the International Society of Political Psychology; and an edited volume, Feeling Politics: Emotion in Political Information Processing by Palgrave-Macmillan. Redlawsk's research has also been published in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, and the American Journal of Political Science, as well as the journal Political Psychology, among others.

Redlawsk is a past co-editor of the journal Political Psychology. and also past-chair of the Political Psychology Organized Section of the American Political Science Association. Redlawsk is also interested in civic engagement and service-learning pedagogies. Along these lines, he is editor (with Tom Rice) of Civic Service: Service-Learning with State and Local Government Partners, published in 2009 by Jossey-Bass, which highlights a number of exemplary service-learning projects across institutions and disciplines, that partner with local or state government. Redlawsk teaches courses including Survey Research, Voting Behavior, Political Psychology, Decision Making, and Experimental Methods.