Gabriel Lenz
Associate Professor
Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
University of California, Berkeley
(510) 575-9971
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Do Can Your Face Win You Votes? Experimental Tests of Candidate Appearance's Influence on Electoral Choice” (with Doug J. Ahler, Jack Citrin, and Michael Dougal) Forthcoming Political Behavior | Supporting information

 Do Open Primaries Help Moderate Candidates? An Experimental Test of the 2012 California Primary” (with Doug J. Ahler and Jack Citrin) Legislative Studies Quarterly 41, no. 2 (May 2016) | Ungated | Supporting informationCharles Redd Award for Best Paper on the Politics of the American West. Western Political Science Association, 2014

"Voter Learning in State Primary Elections" (with  Shigeo Hirano,  Maksim Pinkovskiy, and  James M. Snyder).  American Journal of Political Science 59, no. 1 (January 2015) |  Supporting materials

Red Scare? Revisiting Joe McCarthy's Influence on 1950s Elections” (with Adam J. Berinsky). Public Opinion Quarterly. 78, no. 2 (July 2014) | Appendix 

"Substituting the End for the Whole: Why Voters Respond Primarily to the Election-Year Economy" (with Andrew Healy).  American Journal of Political Science 158, no. 1 (January 2014) | UngatedSupporting materials | Press release | Berkeley blog

"Sources of Bias in Retrospective Decision-Making: Experimental Evidence on Voters' Limitations in Controlling Incumbents" (with Gregory A. Huber and Seth J. Hill). American Political Science Review 106, no. 4 (November 2012) | Appendices

"Using Mechanical Turk As a Subject Recruitment Tool for Experimental Research" (with Adam J. Berinsky and Gregory A. Huber).  Political Analysis 20, no. 3  (Summer 2012) Supporting materials |  Coverage in  Science |  -- Editors' Choice for 2012

Mechanical Turk Tips and Resources: Code for experiments and surveys | Code for panels

"Looking the part: Television Leads Less Informed Citizens to Vote Based on Candidates' Appearance" (with Chappell Lawson).American Journal of Political Science 55, no. 3 (July 2011) | Supporting materials | Coverage in MIT NewsTimeBoston Globe

"Looking Like a Winner: Candidate Appearance and Electoral Success in New Democracies" (with Chappell Lawson, Andy Baker, and Michael Myers). World Politics 62, no. 4 (October 2010) | Supporting materials | Coverage in MIT NewsWSJ

"Learning and Opinion Change, Not Priming: Reconsidering the Evidence for the Priming HypothesisAmerican Journal of Political Science 53, no. 4 (October 2009) | Supporting materials -- Winner of best article published in AJPS in 2009

"Exploiting a Rare Communication Shift to Document the Persuasive Power of the News Media" (with Jonathan Ladd). American Journal of Political Science 53, no. 2 (April 2009) | Supporting materials | Replicated in PA

"Reassessing the Role of Anxiety in Vote Choice" (with Jonathan Ladd). Political Pyschology 29, no. 2 (April 2008)

"The Consequences of Income Inequality for Redistributive Policy in the United States" In Kathryn N. Neckerman, ed., Social Inequality (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2004)