Associate Professor
Political Science & Geography

Joshua Zingher

NORFOLK, 23529

I am a scholar of elections and political behavior, with a particular focus on race, class, and identity. I also teach research methods courses where I attempt to get students excited about empirical social sciences.

Ph.D. in Political Science, State University of New York at Binghamton , (2014)

M.A. in Political Science, State University of New York at Binghamton, (2012)

B.A. in Political Science and Religion, Coe College, (2007)


Political Science
American Politics, Voting Behavior, Elections, Research Methods

Research Interests

I am interested in empirical theories of politics. My research focuses on the relationships between voters, political parties, and elections. I am especially interested in the politics of race and class, as well as understanding how effectively groups are represented in the halls of government. My work seeks to understand how social divisions structure the political process, all the way from influencing individual-level voting behavior to the shaping election outcomes in the aggregate.


Zingher, J. (2022). Diploma Divide: Educational Attainment and the Realignment of the American Electorate. Political Research Quarterly.
Zingher, J. (2021). How Identities Interact to Shape Partisanship and Policy Orientations. Political Behavior.
Zingher, J. (2020). On the Measurement of Social Class and its Role in Shaping White Vote Choice in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Electoral Studies 64 , pp. 102119 .
Farrer, B. D.. and Zingher, J. (2019). A Global Analysis of how Losing an Election Affects Voter Satisfaction with Democracy. International Political Science Review.
Zingher, J. (2019). An Analysis of the Changing Social Bases of America’s Political Parties: Group Support in the 2012 and 2016 Presidential Elections. Electoral Studies 60 (102042 ).
Zingher, J. and Richman, J. T. (2019). Polarization and the Nationalization of State Legislative Election. American Politics Research 47 (5) , pp. 1036-1054.
Zingher, J. and Moore, E. M. . (2019). The Power of Place: Testing the Geographic Determinants of African American and White Voter Turnout. Social Science Quarterly 100 (4) , pp. 1056-1071.
Zingher, J. and Flynn, M. E. . (2019). Does Polarization Affect Even the Inattentive? Assessing the Relationship between Political Sophistication, Policy Orientations, and Elite Cues. Electoral Studies 57 , pp. 131-142 .
Farrer, B. David. and Zingher, J. (2018). Explaining the nomination of ethnic minority candidates: how party-level factors and district-level factors interact. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 28 (4) , pp. 467-487.
Zingher, J. and Flynn, M. E.. (2018). From on High: The Effect of Elite Polarization on Mass Attitudes and Behaviors, 1972–2012. British Journal of Political Science 48 (1) , pp. 23–45.
Zingher, J. (2018). Polarization, demographic change, and white flight from the Democratic Party. Journal of Politics 80 (3) , pp. 860-872.
Robinson, G., Krasno, J. S., Zingher, J. and Allen, M. A. (2016). Creating a racially polarized electorate: the political fallout of immigration politics in Arizona and California. Politics, Groups, and Identities 4 (4) , pp. 579–597.
Zingher, J. (2016). On demographic change and competitive equilibrium in American politics. American Review of Politics 35 (2) , pp. 27–47.
Green, D. P., Krasno, J. S., Coppock, A., Farrer, B. D., Lenoir, B. and Zingher, J. (2016). The effects of lawn signs on vote outcomes: Results from four randomized field experiments. Electoral Studies 41 , pp. 143–150.
Zingher, J. and Farrer, B. D. (2016). The electoral effects of the descriptive representation of ethnic minority groups in Australia and the United Kingdom. Party Politics 22 (6) , pp. 691-704.
Zingher, J. (2016). The relationship between bias and swing ratio in the Electoral College and the outcome of presidential elections. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 26 (2) , pp. 232–252.
Zingher, J. (2014). An analysis of the changing social bases of America’s political parties: 1952–2008. Electoral Studies 35 , pp. 272–282.
Zingher, J. (2014). The ideological and electoral determinants of laws targeting undocumented migrants in the US states. State Politics & Policy Quarterly 14 (1) , pp. 90–117.
Zingher, J. and Steen Thomas, M. (2014). The spatial and demographic determinants of racial threat. Social Science Quarterly 95 (4) , pp. 1137–1154.
Zingher, J. and Thomas, M. Steen. (2012). Patterns of immigrant political behaviour in Australia: An analysis of immigrant voting in ethnic context. Australian Journal of Political Science 47 (3) , pp. 377–397.


Zingher, J. (2022). Political Choice in a Polarized America: How Elite Polarization Shapes Mass Behavior. Oxford University Press.
  • 2014: Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research , Binghamton University
  • 2014: Hofferbert Award for best graduate student paper for “The Median Voter Theorem, Demographic Change, and the Increasing Republicanism of American Whites” , Binghamton University
  • 2014: Prestage-Cook Travel Award , SPSA
  • 2012: Best Paper in the Racial and Ethnic Politics Section for “The Spatial and Demographic Determinants of Racial Threat” , APSA