Donald P. Green2003 Harold Lasswell Fellow

    View Donald P. Green’s website

    Donald P. Green is a professor of Political Science at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia, he was  the A. Whitney Griswold Professor of Political Science and Psychology and Director of the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. His scholarship covers a broad array of topics, such as campaign finance, party identification, perceptual bias, rational action, public opinion, voter turnout, and prejudice. Dr. Green is a leading expert on hate crime: in 1994, the National Science Foundation granted him a five-year Young Investigator Award to study hate crime in America. In 1995, the Russell Sage Foundation provided funding to organize a policy conference on hate crime, and in 1996, he received an award from the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation to examine links between hate crime and white supremacist activity.

    Dr. Green has studied hate crime patterns in New York City, Germany, and the pre-war South. His studies debunk the idea that hate crime surges when economic performance is poor, showing instead the importance of intergroup contact and police deterrence. Dr. Green’s analysis of cross burnings in the South was the first to find a statistical link between hate crime and white supremacist activities. He was named Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale in 2001, and was named co-recipient of a COPS grant for training in the area of community-based policing.

    His research has also ventured into voter behavior. A prolific writer, he is a co-author of Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory: A Critique of Applications in Political Science (Yale University Press 1994) co-authored with Ian Shapiro, andPartisan Hearts and Minds: Political Parties and the Social Identities of Voters (Yale University Press 2002) co-authored with Bradley Palmquist and Eric Schickler. His most recent book is the second edition of Get Out the Vote: How to Increase Voter Turnout, with Alan S. Gerber (Brookings Institution Press 2008). He recently published “Using Experiment to Estimate the Effects of Education on Voter Turnout” with Rachel Milstein Sondheimer in the American Journal of Political Science. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA (1983), he went on to earn a Ph.D. (1988) in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Dr. Green currently serves on the editorial board of two political science journals and has served on the committee charged with selecting the first editor ofPerspectives on Politics. Currently, his research and teaching revolves around the topic of field experimentation. He has taught workshops for students and faculty interested in the design and analysis of field experiments.