I'm Eric Oliver, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. I study American politics, public opinion, political psychology, local politics, racial attitudes, and the politics of science.
My current research examines why people believe in conspiracy theories, why liberals and conservatives name their children differently, why 2016 was a populist election, and what on earth is happening to America's democracy.
My new book, Enchanted America (available in September 2018), argues that the major political divisions in America right now are not between liberals and conservatives, but between "intuitionists" and "rationalists." Much of what seems bizarre about American politics today is due to this split.
If you're not a fan of academic papers and books, you can find discussions of my research in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic, the Pacific Standard, Scientific American, and my wife Thea's Facebook page.
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