Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University.


My research and teaching focus on questions of political communication -- how the language used to describe policies, social problems, and American politics more generally affects (a) the attitudes that people hold and (b) their political engagement. My work speaks to several topics fundamental to the democratic process: how individuals form political preferences, when they spend scarce resources expressing those preferences, and why we observe some kinds of policy change and not others.


A central piece of my work is a new book entitled American Insecurity: Why Our Economic Fears Lead to Political Inaction, published by Princeton Press in 2015. To learn more, please check some of the media coverage: MSNBC, National Journal, Pacific Standard, Cornell Chronicle, Washington Monthly, Telling the Story, and Everything Financial Radio. A brief description of the key findings appears on the Scholars Strategy Network. A promotional video appears here. I also published an op-ed in The New York Times. The book won the 2016 Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association’s Experimental Research section.


Lastly, in 2011 I won the E.E. Schattschneider prize for the best dissertation on the study of American government.

Department of Government

Cornell University

214 White Hall

Ithaca, NY 14853-7901

ASL22 [at] cornell [dot] edu

@adamsethlevine

Adam Seth Levine