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 self knowledge.
My recent research examines why people believe in conspiracy theories, why liberals and conservatives name their children differently, why 2016 was a populist election, and why America's democracy is under stress.
My new book, Enchanted America 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.
I'm currently working on a new book called, Nine Questions. It is based on a course I teach on how to know your self. I've put some sample chapters under the "recent writings" tab.
In the Spring of 2022, I'll be launching a podcast also called Nine Questions (nine-questions.com) where I interview interesting people on how they know themselves. Stay tuned for details!
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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