Poli sci prof parses polling data to explain political positions and platforms

If you follow politics and are an avid Washington Post reader, you’ve likely seen Michael Tesler’s name in at least a few bylines. An assistant professor in political science at UCI, he’s a frequent op-ed contributor on hot topics in politics and elections including race, immigration, partisanship, and the issue of marijuana legalization.

In a November 2015 article he penned for The Washington Post, Tesler broke down Trump’s surge in support among the conservative base using newly available data, crediting the real estate tycoon’s stance on immigration for the boost. 

Throughout the year, he’s provided perspective on topics ranging from President Obama’s use of the n-word following racial violence in Charleston, to Republican candidates’ expressed anti-Muslim beliefs and strikingly dissimilar worldviews on race among Democrats and Republicans. 

Tesler joined the UCI faculty in 2014 after spending three years in an assistant professorship at Brown University. 



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