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Steven Smallpage

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Steven Smallpage's main research areas are empirical political psychology, American political culture and development, and the history of normative political philosophy. He has coauthored forthcoming research on the importance of American political values on polarization. He is currently working on the historical, philosophical and empirical aspects of conspiracy thinking in the American mass public.


  • Ph.D., political science, Michigan State University
  • M.A., political theory and Jewish studies, The University of Toronto
  • B.A., political science, American University, Washington, D.C.

Course Topics

  • American Politics
  • American Presidency
  • Constitutional Law
  • Public Opinion
  • Political Psychology
  • Political Theory

Research Interests

  • Empirical and normative study of liberal democracy
  • Polarization
  • Political values
  • Conspiracy theories
  • Political teaching of John Locke


  • "Values and Political Predispositions in the Age of Polarization: Examining the Relationship between Partisanship and Ideology in the U.S., 1988-2012," with Robert N. Lupton and Adam M. Enders. British Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.


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