John Sides

John Sides

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

Areas of Expertise

American politics, comparative politics, political behavior

Professor Sides studies political behavior in American and comparative politics. His current research focuses on American elections, the politics of U.S. fiscal policy, and the influence of factual information on public opinion. His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, American Politics Research, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Communication, Political Studies, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Research and Politics, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. He helped found and contributes to The Monkey Cage, a site about politics and political science that is now part of 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