Michael Hagen has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science since 2004. He served as Graduate Chair in the Department from 2008 through 2012. He founded Temple’s Institute for Public Affairs in 2004 and served as its director until 2008. Prior to arriving at Temple, he was Associate Research Professor and Director of the Center for Public Interest Polling at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He previously was Senior Research Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and Co-Director of the 2000 National Annenberg Election Survey. From 1990 through 1998, Hagen was on the faculty of the Department of Government at Harvard University, where he also served for two years as Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Hagen’s current research focuses on the conduct and consequences of campaigns and elections in Pennsylvania and the United States, and on the politics of civil rights. Hagen teaches courses on American politics, public opinion and elections, voting rights and political participation, campaign politics and the news media, and the American presidency. He also teaches quantitative analysis and research design.
Hagen earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and his B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. He grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.