John Sides

John Sides

Professor of Political Science
Monroe 469
Phone: 202-994-3538
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

American politics, comparative politics, political behavior

John Sides is Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. He studies political behavior in American and comparative politics. He is an author of Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and The Battle for the Meaning of America, The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Election, and Campaigns and Election: Rules, Reality, Strategy, Choice. He has published articles in various scholarly journals, including the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceBritish Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. He helped found and serves as editor-in-chief of The Monkey Cage, a site about political science and politics at the Washington Post.


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill



Sides, John. 2016. “Stories or Science? Facts, Frames, and Policy Attitudes.” American Politics Research 44(3): 387-414.
Masket, Seth, John Sides, and Lynn Vavreck. 2016. “The Ground Game in the 2012 Election.” Political Communication 33: 169-187.
Lawrence, Eric, and John Sides. 2014. “The Consequences of Innumeracy.” Research and Politics 1(2): 1-8.
Sides, John, and Lynn Vavreck. 2013. The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Election. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Office Hours

Monday 2:00-4:00pm

Classes Taught

Introduction to American Politics
Public Opinion
Campaigns and Elections
Surveys and Experiments