Gabriel Lenz

associate professor of political science

Gabriel Lenz is an associate professor of political science whose research primarily focuses on voters’ ability to control their elected officials. His aim is to further our understanding of when voters succeed in holding politicians accountable, when they fail, and how to help them avoid failures. Lenz's work draws on insights from social psychology and economics, and his research and teaching interests are in the areas of elections, public opinion, political psychology, and political economy. Although specializing in American democracy, he also conducts research on Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Netherlands and Brazil. Lenz is working on ongoing projects about improving voters' assessments of the performance of politicians, reducing the role of candidate appearance in elections, and measuring political corruption. For more information, see his page on the departmental website.