Laura Stoker

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests:
National Elections, Public Opinion, Research Design, Statistical Methods

Professor Stoker received her Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the development and change of political beliefs, attitudes, and behavior, and employs data drawn from surveys and experiments. Specific topics include the moral, group, and self-interested basis of citizens' opinions on public policies; sources of short- and long-run change in citizens' evaluations of political candidates and public policies; and political influence within families. Recent publications include "Caught in the Draft: Effects of the Vietnam Draft Lottery on Political Attitudes" (APSR), "Of Time and the Development of Partisan Polarization" (AJPS), and "Politics across Generations: Family Transmission Reexamined" (JOP).   Other notable publications include "Political Trust and Trustworthiness," "Social Trust and Civic Engagement across Time and Generation," "Interests and Ethics in Politics," "Life-Cycle Transitions and Political Participation: The Case of Marriage," "Judging Presidential Character: The Demise of Gary Hart," "Understanding Whites' Resistance to Affirmative Action: The Role of Principled Commitments and Racial Prejudice," and "Designing Multilevel Studies: Sampling Voters and Electoral Contexts." She is currently co-directing a project on the persistence of political beliefs and attitudes over the life-cycle and their transmission across generations. Stoker served on the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies 1994-2002) and as its Chair (2000-2002), and on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Politics, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, and The Forum.   She was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1993-1994, 1997-1998), a Hallsworth Fellow at the University of Manchester, UK (summer 2011), and a Politics Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University (summer 2004).