D. Sunshine Hillygus

D. Sunshine Hillygus is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University and Director of the Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology. She is the recipient of five prestigious National Science Foundation grants totaling over $3.5 million in addition to numerous smaller grants. Professor Hillygus earned her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Arkansas and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University.

Professor Hillygus primarily researches American politics, elections, and public opinion.

Representative Publications

Hillygus, D. Sunshine, and Sarah A. Treul. “Assessing Strategic Voting in the 2008 US Presidential Primaries: The Role of Electoral Context, Institutional Rules, and Negative votes.” Public Choice 161.3-4 (2014): 517-536.

Aldrich, John H., et al. “Blame, Responsibility, and the Tea Party in the 2010 Midterm Elections.” Political Behavior 36.3 (2014): 471-491.

Hillygus, D. Sunshine, and Todd G. Shields. “Moral Issues and Voter Decision Making in the 2004 Presidential Election.” Political Science and Politics38.02 (2005): 201-209.



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