David W. Nickerson


  • Yale University: Ph.D., Political Science, 1998-2005.
  • Williams College: B.A., Mathematics and Philosophy, 1993-1997.

Academic Positions

  • Temple University, Professor, Political Science, July 2019 – present.
  • Temple University, Associate Professor, Political Science, July 2015 – June 2019.
  • University of Notre Dame, Associate Professor, Political Science, 2011 – June 2015.
  • University of Notre Dame, Assistant Professor, Political Science, 2005 – 2011.

Campaign Positions

  • Research consultant, Hillary for America, July 2015 – November 2016.
  • Director of Experiments, Obama for America, September 2011 – November 2012.
  • Senior Research Advisor, Analyst Institute, 2007 – June 2013.

Scholarships and Fellowships

  • Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, Princeton University, 2009-2010.
  • Visiting Research Associate, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, 2007-2008.

Distinctions, Honors, Awards

  • “Scalable Protocols” paper selected as one of “100 Seminal Papers from the last 100 years of journal publishing by Oxford University Press.”
  • APSA section award for best dissertation in political psychology, 2005.
  • Miller Prize for best article published in Political Analysis, 2005.
  • Publications

Refereed Publications

  1. Botero, Sandra, Rodrigo Castro-Cornejo, Laura Gamboa Gutierrez, Nara Pavao, and David W. Nickerson. Forthcoming. “Are All Types of Wrongdoing Created Equal in the Eyes of Voters?Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties.
  2. Botero, Sandra, Rodrigo Castro-Cornejo, Laura Gamboa Gutierrez, Nara Pavao, and David W. Nickerson. 2019. “Under Friendly Fire: An Experiment on Partisan Press, Fragmented Opposition and Voting Behavior.Electoral Studies 60(August)102044.
  3. Mann, Christopher B, Kevin Arceneaux, and David W. Nickerson. 2019. “Do Negatively Framed Messages Motivate Collective Action? Evidence from Four Field Experiments“. American Politics Research
  4. Griffin, John D., Brian Newman, and David W. Nickerson. 2019. “A God of Vengeance and of Reward? Voters and Accountability.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 44(1): 133-162. DOI: 10.1111/lsq.12223
  5. Sumaktoyo, Nathanael Gratias, David W. Nickerson, and Michael J. Keane. 2017. “Discussion Group Composition and Deliberation Experience.Journal of Experimental Political Science 3(2)164-173.
  6. Bennion, Elizabeth A. and David W. Nickerson. 2016. “I’ll vote if you teach me how.PS: Political Science and Politics 49(4):867-871.
  7. Hess, Douglas R., Michael J. Hanmer, and David W. Nickerson. 2016 “Encouraging Local Compliance with Federal Civil Rights Laws: Field Experiments with the National Voter Registration ActPublic Administration Review 76(1):165–174.
  8. Botero, Sandra, Rodrigo Castro-Cornejo, Laura Gamboa Gutierrez, Nara Pavao, and David W. Nickerson. 2015. “Says Who? An Experiment on Allegations of Corruption and Credibility of Sources.Political Research Quarterly 68(3):493-504. Replication file
  9. Keane, Lauren Deschamps and David W. Nickerson. 2015. “When Reports Depress Rather than Inspire: A Field Experiment Using Age Cohorts as Reference Groups.Journal of Political Marketing 14(4)381-390.
  10. Gonzalez-Ocantos, Ezequiel, Chad Kiewiet de Jonge, and David W. Nickerson. 2015. “Legitimacy Buying: The Dynamics of Clientelism in the Wake of a CoupComparative Political Studies 48(9):1127-1158.  Replication file
  11. Nickerson, David W. 2015. “Do Voter Registration Drives Increase Participation? For Whom and When?Journal of Politics 77(1):88-101. Replication file
  12. Nickerson, David W. and Todd Rogers. 2014. “Political Campaigns and Big Data.” The Journal of Economic Perspectives 28(2):58-71.
  13. Kiewiet de Jonge, Chad and David W. Nickerson. 2014. “Artificial Inflation or Deflation? Assessing the Item Count Technique in Comparative Surveys.Political Behavior 36(3):659-682. DOI: 10.1007/s11109-013-9249-x.
  14. Gonzalez-Ocantos, Ezequiel, Chad Kiewiet de Jonge, and David W. Nickerson. 2013. “The Conditionality of Vote Buying Norms: Experimental Evidence from Latin America.” American Journal of Political Science 58(1):197-211.  DOI: 10.1111/ajps.12047.
  15. Griffin, John D., David W. Nickerson, and Abigail K. Wozniak. 2012. “Racial Differences in Inequality Aversion: Evidence from Real World Respondents in the Ultimatum GameJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization 84(2):600-617.
  16. Gonzalez-Ocantos,Ezequiel, Chad Kiewiet de Jonge, Carlos Melendez, Javier Osorio, and David W. Nickerson. 2012. “Vote Buying and Social Desirability Bias: Experimental Evidence from Nicaragua.” American Journal of Political Science  56(1)202-217Replication file
  17. Butler, Daniel M. and David W. Nickerson. 2011. “Can Learning Constituency Opinion Affect How Legislators Vote? Results from a Field Experiment“, Quarterly Journal of Political Science 6(1):55-83.   Replication file
  18. Bennion, Elizabeth A. and David W. Nickerson. 2011. “The Cost of Convenience: An Experiment Showing Email Outreach Decreases Voter RegistrationPolitical Research Quarterly. 64(4):858-869. doi:10.1177/1065912910382304 Replication file
  19. Fowler, James H., Michael T. Heaney, David W. Nickerson, John F. Padgett, and Betsy Sinclair. 2011. “Observing Causal Effects in Political Networks.” American Politics Research 39(2):437-480.
  20. Nickerson, David W. and Todd Rogers. 2010. “Do You Have a Voting Plan? Implementation Intentions, Voter Turnout, and Organic Plan Making.” Psychological Science 21(2)194-199. Replication file
  21. Arceneaux, Kevin and David W. Nickerson. 2010. “Negative and Positive Campaign Messages: Evidence from Two Field Experiments.” American Politics Research 38(1): 54-83.
  22. Farrar, Cynthia, Donald P. Green, Jennifer E. Green, David W. Nickerson, and Stephen D. Shewfelt.  2009.  “Does Discussion Group Composition Affect Policy Preferences? Results From Three Randomized Experiments.Political Psychology 30(4): 615-647.
  23. Arceneaux, Kevin and David W. Nickerson. 2009. “Correctly Modeling Certainty with Clustered Treatments: A Comparison of Methods.Political Analysis 17(2):177-190.
  24. Arceneaux, Kevin and David W. Nickerson. 2009. “Who is Mobilized to Vote? A Re-Analysis of Seven Randomized Field Experiments.The American Journal of Political Science 53(1):1-16.
  25. Nickerson, David W. 2008. “Is Voting Contagious? Evidence from Two Field Experiments,” American Political Science Review 102(February):49-57. Replication file
  26. Nickerson, David W. 2007. “Does Email Boost Turnout?Quarterly Journal of Political Science 2(4)369-379. Replication file
  27. Nickerson, David W. 2007. “The Ineffectiveness of E-vites to Democracy: Field Experiments Testing the Role of E-mail on Voter Turnout,” Social Science Computer Review 25(4)494-503.
  28. Nickerson, David W. 2007. “Quality is Job One: Volunteer and Professional Phone Calls,” American Journal of Political Science 51(2):269-282. Replication file
  29. Nickerson, David W. 2006. “Hunting the Elusive Young Voter,” Journal of Political Marketing 5(3):47-69.
  30. Nickerson, David W. 2006. “Volunteer Phone Calls Can Increase Turnout.” American Politics Research 34(3):271-292. Replication file
  31. Nickerson, David W., Ryan F. Friedrichs, and David C. King. 2006. “Partisan Mobilization Experiments in the Field: Results from a Statewide turnout experiment in Michigan,” Political Research Quarterly 34(1):271-292. Replication file
  32. Nickerson, David W. 2005. “Scalable Protocols Offer Efficient Design for Field Experiments,”   Political Analysis 13(3):233-252.
  33. Green, Donald P., Alan S. Gerber and David W. Nickerson. 2003. “Getting Out the Vote in Local Elections: Results from Six Door-to-Door Canvassing Experiments,” Journal of Politics 65(4):1083-1096.
  34. Gerber, Alan S., Donald P. Green and David Nickerson. 2001. “Testing for Publication Bias in Political Science,” Political Analysis 9(4):385-392.

Unrefereed Publications

  1. Nickerson, David W. 2017. “Causal Inference with Experimental Data.” In Analytics Policy and Governance edited by Jennifer Bachner, Benjamin Ginsberg, and Kathryn Wagner Hill. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017.
  2. Nickerson, David W. and Susan D. Hyde. 2015. “Conducting Research with NGOs: Relevant Counterfactuals from the Perspective of Subjects.” In Ethics and Experiments: Problems and Solutions for Social Scientists and Policy Professionals, edited by Scott Despoasto. Routledge, 2015.
  3. Bennion, Elizabeth A. and David W. Nickerson. 2013. “Documenting the Success of Classroom-Based Voter Registration Efforts: Classroom Presentations Trump Technology” in Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen eds. Alison Rios Millett McCartney, Elizabeth A. Bennion, and Dick Simpson. Washington, DC: American Political Science Association.
  4. Nickerson, David W. 2011. “When the Client Owns the Data.” The Experimental Political Scientist 2(2):5-6.
  5. Nickerson, David W. 2011. “Social Networks and Political Context.” in Handbook of Experimental Political Science, edited by Jamie Druckman, Donald P. Green, James Kuklinski, and Skip Lupia. Cambridge University Press, p. 273-288.
  6. Michelson, Melissa and Nickerson, David W. 2011. “Voter Mobilization.” in Handbook of Experimental Political Science, edited by Jamie Druckman, Donald P. Green, James Kuklinski, and Skip Lupia. Cambridge University Press, p. 228-242.
  7.  Nickerson, David W. 2009. “The Impact of Email Campaigns on Voter Turnout: Evidence from a Field Experiment,” in Politicking On-line: The Transformation of Election Campaign Communications. Panagopolous, Costas, eds. New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press.
  8. Nickerson, David W. 2009. “Experimental Approaches to the Diffusion of Norms,” in Social Capital: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Bartkus, Viva & Jim Davis, eds. Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar Press.
  9. Nickerson, David W. 2005. “Partisan Mobilization Using Volunteer Phone Banks and Door Hangers,” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 601:10-27.
  10. Garrett, Geoffrey and David W. Nickerson. 2005. “Globalization, Democracy, and Government Spending in Middle Income Countries” in Politics Matters: Globalization and the Welfare State in Cross Regional Comparison, edited by Miguel Glatzer and Dietrich Rueschemeyer.  Pittsburgh University Press.