I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Before this I was a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University’s Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy and an affiliate with The Policy Lab. I received my PhD in political science from Vanderbilt University.

I study the dynamic relationship between politics and individuals’ identities and intergroup attitudes. Political conflict throughout the history of the United States has involved the inclusion and exclusion of various groups into the political process. I am interested in understanding how this affects the political relevance of the mass public’s social group attachments and attitudes about these groups, and if these orientations change in response to political dynamics. To explore these relationships I rely on diverse methods, study different populations, and draw from different theoretical approaches. I have published articles on these topics in the Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Politics, Groups, and Identities, and Public Opinion Quarterly. My work has also been covered in outlets including The Atlantic, The Guardian, The New York Times, NPR, The National Review, The Week, and Yahoo News.

Methodologically I am interested in questions related to linking theoretical constructs with empirical measures and I use latent variable models to develop, evaluate, and refine measures of attitudes and identities.


The Department of Political Science
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
324 Curry Building
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402
Email: amengelhard@uncg.edu