Dean Lacy

Academic Appointments
  • Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

  • Professor of Government

  • Director, Program in Politics and Law

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Silsby, Room 116
HB 6108




  • B.A., University of Virginia
  • M.A., Duke University
  • Ph.D., Duke University

Selected Publications

  • Agadjanian, Alexander, and Dean Lacy. 2021. Changing Votes, Changing Identities? Racial Fluidity and Vote Switching in the 2012–2016 US Presidential Elections. Public Opinion Quarterly

  • Lacy, Dean, Emerson M. S. Niou, Philip Paolino, and Robert A. Rein. 2018. Measuring Preferences for Divided Government: Some Americans Want Divided Government and Vote to Create It. Political Behavior. First on-line 22 December 2017

  • Lacy, Dean, and Dino P. Christenson. 2016. “Who Votes for the Future? Information, Expectations, and Endogeneity in Economic Voting?” Political Behavior.

  • Lacy, Dean. 2014. “Moochers and Makers in the Voting Booth: Who Benefits from Federal Spending, and How Did They Vote in the 2012 Presidential Election?” Public Opinion Quarterly.

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Works In Progress

  • “The Mismeasure of the Masses: A Positive Theory of Political Opinions;”

  • “Taxing, Spending, Red States, and Blue States: The Political Economy of Redistribution in the American Federal System;”

  • “Voting in a System of Checks and Balances: Institutions and Voter Choice in US Presidential and Gubernatorial Elections