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Monika L. McDermott

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Email: mmcdermott@fordham.edu
Office: Rose Hill, Faber Hall 672

Education

PhD in Political from University of California, Los Angeles

Biography

Monika McDermott is Professor of Political Science at Fordham. She studies voting behavior, political psychology and public opinion. Prof. McDermott has published research on multiple topics within political behavior, including personalities in politics, voting cues, information shortcuts in elections, public opinion of Congress, and vote choice in congressional elections. She is the author of two books, and her work has been published in some of the profession's topjournals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Public Opinion Quarterly.

Prof. McDermott's current research focuses on the way that masculine and feminine personality traits affect Americans' political behavior and attitudes. Her recent book Masculinity, Femininity, and American Political Behavior (Oxford University Press 2016) analyzes how these personality profiles affect party affiliation, vote choice, ideology, political participation, and views of sex roles in society and politics. For example, her analysis demonstrates that individuals with high levels of feminine traits are drawn to the Democratic Party while more masculine individuals prefer the GOP.

Prof. McDermott is also a survey research practitioner, having conducted election surveys at The Los Angeles Times Poll and the CBS News Election and Survey Unit. She has been an election night polling analyst for CBS News since 2002 and also works as a campaign and polling consultant for political and non-profit clients in America and abroad.

Selected Publications

2016. Masculinity, Femininity and American Political Behavior. New York: Oxford University Press.

Press and reviews:

2015. “Walking the Walk but Not Talking the Talk: Public Reactions to Hypocrisy in Political Scandal.” American Politics Research 43(6): 952-974 (with Douglas Schwartz and Sebastian Vallejo).

2015. “Be All that You Can Be: The Electoral Impact of Military Service.” Political Research Quarterly 68(2): 293-305 (with Costas Panagopoulos).

2014. “Barack Obama and Americans’ Racial Attitudes: Rallying and Polarization.” Polity 46:449-469 (with Cornell Belcher).