Matthew M. Singer

Alan R. Bennett Honors Professor

Political Science

Professor Singer (Duke PhD, 2007) is generally interested in questions of how voters achieve political representation and how the political and social context affects political behavior. His current primary research project studies the political impact of government performance, looking at the impact of economic and political outcomes on support for the incumbent and democracy and also the conditions under which economic performance is more or less salient. A second ongoing project looks at the role of political institutions in shaping the party system that develops, focusing on district-level evidence for Duverger’s hypotheses. Professor Singer is a one of the directors of the Executive Approval Project, which compiles comparable data on presidential and prime minister approval from around the world. He is a collaborator on the Democratic Accountability and Linkages Project, an expert survey on modes of representation (especially programmatic and clientelist linkages) that are used in 88 countries around the world and the Political Representation, Parties and Presidents Survey, a similar expert survey focused on Latin America and Europe. He is a collaborator with the Latin American Public Opinion Project and contributed to the 20122014, and 2017 Reports. In 2015 he was a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Finally, he is the deputy editor of the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, responsible for content on Latin America. 

Professor Singer’s research has been published in The British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Electoral Studies, The European Journal of Political Research, The Journal of Politics, Latin American Politics and Society, Latin American Research Review, Política y Gobierno, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Science Research and Methods, and Research and Politics among other outlets. Links to the published works are available below along with any supplemental materials. Together with Elizabeth Zechmeister and Ryan Carlin he published an edited volume on The Latin American Voter (University of Michigan Press).

Professor Singer is the Alan R. Bennett Honors Professor and directs the political science department’s honors program. Please email with any questions.

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Matthew Singer
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