Isaac Hale’s Website


Welcome to my website! I am an Assistant Professor of Politics at Occidental College. Prior to arriving at Oxy in 2022, I was the Equity Research Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Santa Barbara’s Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy. I also served as a Lecturer of Political Science at the University of California, Davis from 2020-21. I received my PhD from UC Davis in June 2020.

My research agenda examines how racial attitudes and the design of electoral institutions can undermine representation in the US and other developed democracies. I have published several papers analyzing how racial attitudes affect voter behavior and legislative representation, particularly in recent U.S. elections. In addition, I also have a series of publications that examine the effects of electoral systems on voter representation and efficacy in the US, the UK, and Chile. To learn more about my past and current projects, please visit the Research and CV sections of this website. You can find links to my public scholarship, including policy reports, invited blog posts, news coverage of my research, and interviews I have done for podcasts/television/newspapers on the Public Scholarship page. I am also proud to have contributed to initiatives to address inequality in California and to enact electoral reform in the US and Canada.

In addition to my research, I have also taught courses as the instructor of record at both Occidental College and UC Davis. In this capacity, I developed and implemented curricula suitable for a diverse group of undergraduate students. To access the syllabi, course evaluations, and other materials for each class I that have instructed, please visit the Teaching page.

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