Florida State University

Political Science

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Hans J.G. Hassell

Associate Professor & Director of the Institute of Politics

Specialization: Political Parties, Political Behavior, Campaigns and Elections

Areas of Interest: American Politics

Bellamy 558 (By Appointment)




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Curriculum Vitae


Hans J.G. Hassell an Associate Professor of Political Science at Florida State University and the Director of the Institute of Politics. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2012 and a B.A. from Pomona College in 2007. Hassell’s research focuses on political behavior and political institutions, specificallyfocusing on political parties and their role in electoral politics. While in college, he worked as a political operative on campaigns in Maine and Minnesota. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Science Advances, and other academic journals. Hassell is the author of The Party’s Primary: Control of Congressional Nominations, published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. Hassell is associated with Laboratories of Democracy, a non-profit research organization of political scientists that collaborates with local and state officials on field experimental research.


Ph.D. UC-San Diego, 2012; M.A. UC-San Diego, 2010; BA Pomona College, 2007

Selected Publications

Hassell, Hans J.G. 2021. “Party Elite Engagement and Coordination in House Primary Elections: A Test of Theories of Parties.” American Journal of Political Science. Forthcoming.

Hassell, Hans J.G., Matthew R. Miles, and Kevin Reuning. 2021 “Does the Ideology of the Newsroom Affect the Provision of Media Slant?” Political Communication. Forthcoming.

Hassell, Hans J.G., John B. Holbein, and Matthew Baldwin.* 2020. “Mobilize for Our Lives? School Shootings and Retrospective Voting in U.S. Elections” American Political Science Review 114(4):1375-1385.

Hassell, Hans J.G., John B. Holbein, and Matthew R. Miles. 2020. “There is No Liberal Media Bias in Which News Stories Political Journalists Choose to Cover.” Science Advances 6(14): eaay9344.

Hassell, Hans J.G. and Neil Visalvanich. 2019. “The Party’s Primary Preferences: Race, Gender, and Party Support of Congressional Primary Candidates.” American Journal of Political Science 63(4):905-919.

The Party’s Primary: Control of Congressional Nominations, Cambridge University Press, 2018