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Brad Gomez

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions

Office: Bellamy 536
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Personal Statement:

Brad T. Gomez an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Florida State University. His research and teaching interest focus on public opinion, electoral behavior, and the U.S. Congress.  Professor Gomez has published several works on how political sophistication conditions citizens’ ability to attribute responsibility (credit or blame) for governmental action. He has also made important contributions to the study of economic voting and the electoral consequences of variation in voter turnout. 

His published work appears in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and other journals and edited volumes. With Paul Abramson, John Aldrich, David Rohde and soon, Jamie Carson, he is the coauthor of series of books on American elections, the most recent of which is Change and Continuity in the 2012 and 2014 Elections (Sage, CQ Press).


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

Areas of Interest:

American Politics with specific interest in public opinion, electoral behavior, and the U.S. Congress

Research Activites:

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:

  • 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.

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.

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)