Florida State University

Political Science

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Brad Gomez

Associate Professor & Department Chair

Specialization: Voting Behavior, Public Opinion, Political Psychology, Congress

Areas of Interest: American Politics, Political Methodology

Bellamy 531B (Friday: 9-10:30 a.m., or by appointment via Zoom)




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Curriculum Vitae


Brad T. Gomez is Associate Professor of Political Science and Department Chair at Florida State University. His primary research and teaching interests are in American Politics with a particular focus on voting behavior, public opinion, and Congress. His published work appears in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and other journals and edited volumes. He is the coauthor of Change and Continuity in the 2020 Elections (Rowman & Littlefield) with John Aldrich, Jamie Carson, and Jennifer Merolla. His current research projects explore 1) social influences within political discussion networks and 2) the measurement of political knowledge within (over time) and across electorates.


Ph.D. Duke University, 1999. M.A. University of New Orleans, 1993. B.A. University of New Orleans, 1992.

Courses Taught


POS1041: Introduction to American National Government
POS3204: Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior
POS4424: Legislative Systems

POS5045: Seminar on American National Government
POS5237: Public Opinion
POS5736: Research Design (Methods I)

Professional Experience

Professor Gomez joined the Department of Political Science at Florida State University in 2007. He taught previously at the University of South Carolina and the University of Georgia.

Co-Director of Research, Institute of Politics at Florida State University (IOP@FSU)

Research Activities

Professor Gomez has recently completed a book manuscript with J. Matthew Wilson on how political sophistication structures citizens’ abilities to attribute responsibility for socio-political events. He has several working projects on the measurement of political knowledge. And, with Professor Matthew Pietryka, is the co-principal investigator for the Freshman Political Participation Project.

Selected Publications

Conrad, Courtenay R., Sarah E. Croco, Brad T. Gomez, and Will H. Moore. 2018. “Threat Perception and American Support for Torture.”  Political Behavior 40 (December): 989-1009.

Hansford, Thomas G., and Brad T. Gomez. 2010. “Estimating the Electoral Effects of Voter Turnout.” American Political Science Review 104 (May): 268-288.

Gomez, Brad T., Thomas G. Hansford and George A. Krause. 2007. “The Republicans Should Pray for Rain: Weather, Turnout, and Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections” Journal of Politics 69 (August): 649-663.

Gomez, Brad T., and J. Matthew Wilson. 2006. “Rethinking Symbolic Racism: Evidence of Attribution Bias.” Journal of Politics 68 (August): 611-625.

Gomez, Brad T., and J. Matthew Wilson. 2006. “Cognitive Heterogeneity and Economic Voting: A Comparative Analysis of Four Democratic Electorates.” American Journal of Political Science 50 (January): 127-145.

Gomez, Brad T., and J. Matthew Wilson. 2003. “Causal Attribution and Economic Voting in American Congressional Elections.” Political Research Quarterly 56 (September): 271-282.

Gomez, Brad T., and J. Matthew Wilson. 2001. “Political Sophistication and Economic Voting in the American Electorate: A Theory of Heterogeneous Attribution.” American Journal of Political Science 45 (October): 899-914.