Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. My research and teaching touch on the areas of economic insecurity, economic inequality, political behavior, and political communication.


My research is motivated by real-world puzzles in which we observe concern (or lack thereof) about political issues yet have reason to expect the opposite. I find that puzzles like these serve as useful vehicles for both interesting substantive findings and new theoretical development. I also study the implications of that concern (or lack thereof) for the shape of public policy and the political agenda. A central piece of my work is forthcoming in a book entitled American Insecurity: Why Our Economic Fears Lead to Political Inaction, which will be published by Princeton Press in 2014 (Click here for more info).

Department of Government

Cornell University

214 White Hall

Ithaca, NY 14853-7901

ASL22 [at] cornell [dot] edu

Adam Seth Levine