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D. Sunshine Hillygus, Professor

D. Sunshine Hillygus
Contact Info:
Office Location:  140 Science Drive, 203 Gross H, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-4341
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Web Page:   http://www.duke.edu/~hillygus/

Teaching (Fall 2023):

  • POLSCI 201.01, PUBLIC OPINION Synopsis
    Bio Sci 130, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Ph.D., Stanford University, 2003
M.A., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1998

American Politics
Political Institutions
Behavior & Identities
Political Communication
Research Interests:

Professor Hillygus has published widely on the topics of American political behavior, campaigns and elections, survey methods, public opinion, and information technology and politics. She is co-author of The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Political Campaigns (Princeton University Press, 2008) and The Hard Count: The Social and Political Challenges of the 2000 Census (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006). From 2003-2009, she taught at Harvard University, where she was the Frederick S. Danziger Associate Professor of Government and founding director of the Program on Survey Research.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Jamieson, KH; Lupia, A; Amaya, A; Brady, HE; Bautista, R; Clinton, JD; Dever, JA; Dutwin, D; Goroff, DL; Hillygus, DS; Kennedy, C; Langer, G; Lapinski, JS; Link, M; Philpot, T; Prewitt, K; Rivers, D; Vavreck, L; Wilson, DC; McNutt, MK, Protecting the integrity of survey research., Pnas Nexus, vol. 2 no. 3 (March, 2023), pp. pgad049 [doi]  [abs].
  2. Endres, K; Hillygus, DS; Debell, M; Iyengar, S, A randomized experiment evaluating survey mode effects for video interviewing, Political Science Research and Methods, vol. 11 no. 1 (January, 2023), pp. 144-159, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi]  [abs].
  3. Akande, O; Madson, G; Hillygus, DS; Reiter, JP, Leveraging Auxiliary Information on Marginal Distributions in Nonignorable Models for Item and Unit Nonresponse., Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series a (Statistics in Society), vol. 184 no. 2 (April, 2021), pp. 643-662 [doi]  [abs].
  4. Madson, GJ; Hillygus, DS, All the Best Polls Agree with Me: Bias in Evaluations of Political Polling, Political Behavior, vol. 42 no. 4 (December, 2020), pp. 1055-1072 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Holbein, JB; Hillygus, DS; Lenard, MA; Gibson-Davis, C; Hill, DV, The Development of Students' Engagement in School, Community and Democracy, British Journal of Political Science, vol. 50 no. 4 (October, 2020), pp. 1439-1457 [doi]  [abs].

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