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Scott Desposato

Scott Desposato is a professor of political science at UC San Diego. His general research interests include democratic institutions, campaigning, mass behavior, and political methodology. Specific projects have examined redistricting in the United States, electoral rules and federalism in Brazil, party-switching by politicians, and statistical methods for studying legislatures. His latest project, for which he has received a National Science Foundation award, examines the determinants and impacts of negative campaigning across different institutional settings. Desposato received his PhD in political science from UCLA.
  • Democratic institutions
  • Campaigning
  • Mass behavior
  • Political methodology


Desposato, Scott,  ed. 2015. Ethics and Experiments: Problems and Solutions for Social Scientists and Policy Professionals. Routledge Series in Experimental Political Science.

Journal Articles

Aguilar, Rosario, Saul Cunow, and Scott Desposato. 2015. "Choice Set, Gender, and Candidate Choice in Brazil." Electoral Studies 39:230–42.

Aguilar, Rosario, Saul Cunow, Scott Desposato, and Leonardo Barone. 2015. "Ballot Structure, Candidate Race, and Vote Choice in Brazil." Latin American Research Review 50 (3):175–202.

Brown, David, J. Christopher Brown, and Scott Desposato. 2014. "NGOs, Turnout, and the Left in Brazil: A Subnational Analysis of Brazil." Journal of Developing Societies 30 (4):365–87.

Cantu, Francisco, Scott Desposato, and Eric Magar. 2014. Methodological Considerations for Students of Mexican legislative Politics: Selection Bias in Roll-call Publications." Polıtica y Gobierno 21 (1):25–53.