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Neil Malhotra: How to Fix Washington's Short Attention Span

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Stanford Graduate School of Business
The Edith M. Cornell Professor of Political Economy

Bio

Neil Malhotra is the Edith M. Cornell Professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Political Science. He serves as the Louise and Claude N. Rosenberg, Jr. Co-Director of the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford GSB.

He has authored over 60 articles on numerous topics including American politics, political behavior, and survey methodology. His research has been published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among other outlets. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Public Opinion Quarterly and the Journal of Experimental Political Science.

He received his MA and PhD in political science from Stanford University, where he was the Melvin & Joan Lane Stanford Graduate Fellow. He received a BA in economics from Yale University.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Political Science, Stanford University, 2008
  • MA in Political Science, Stanford University, 2005
  • BA in Economics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Distinction in the Major, Yale University, 2002

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2008

Professional Experience

  • Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation

Awards and Honors

  • Susan Ford Dorsey Faculty Fellow for 2016-2017
  • Philip F. Maritz Faculty Scholar, Stanford GSB, 2013-2014
  • Jewell-Loewenberg Award for the Best Article in Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Political Science Association
  • Invited Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

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Degree Courses

2017-18

GSBGEN 208: Ethics in Management

With leadership comes responsibility. This course explores the numerous ethical duties faced by managers and organizations. It combines analytical frameworks with the latest findings on human behavior to inform a wide range of ethical decisions...

2016-17

GSBGEN 208: Ethics in Management

With leadership comes responsibility. This course explores the numerous ethical duties faced by managers and organizations. It combines analytical frameworks with the latest findings on human behavior to inform a wide range of ethical decisions...

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Silicon Valley’s Politics: Liberal, With One Big Exception

The New York Times, September 6, 2017

Inside Trumpsingles.com, The Exclusive Dating Site For Donald Supporters

GOOD, June 14, 2016

Political Momentum: Is That a Real Thing?

Discovery News, April 15, 2016

The World’s Best 40 Under 40 Business School Professors

Poets & Quants, April 16, 2015

Researchers: How Divided Is the U.S. Electorate?

Washington Post, March 12, 2014

Writing in the Washington Post, two political scientists explore how media coverage of political polarization shapes public opinion.

Does Having Sisters Make You Conservative?

Politico, December 22, 2013

Writing in Politico, Andrew Healy and Stanford GSB's Neil Malhotra say "gender of children can have powerful consequences for a family's political attitudes."

Insights by Stanford Business

writtenWhat to Read over the Holidays

December 5, 2017

15 Stanford business professors recommend books for those long winter nights.

writtenWhy Aren’t More Americans Ditching Their Cigarettes?

August 23, 2017

A Stanford study finds that people understand smoking can lead to deadly diseases like lung cancer, but many underestimate those risks.

writtenNonprofits Are Not Immune From Data Breach Risks

March 8, 2016

Digital tools bring privacy challenges to social enterprises.

writtenPolitical Machinations: How Candidates Cater to — and Shape — Public Opinion

February 8, 2016

Four Stanford GSB professors show how our elected officials win over voters.

writtenA Look Back at 2015

December 19, 2015

Explore Stanford Business stories from 2015, including pieces on technology, finance, and work-life balance.

writtenThe Serious Side of the Donald Trump Phenomenon

November 2, 2015

Immigrant resentment has built among Americans who feel left behind.

writtenExploring the Ethics Behind Self-Driving Cars

August 13, 2015

How do you code ethics into autonomous automobiles? And who is responsible when things go awry?

writtenNeil Malhotra: How Politicians Change Their Message to Appeal to Constituents

March 31, 2015

A Stanford professor of political economy dissects an elemental political instinct.

writtenNeil Malhotra: Debunking the Myth of the Liberal Supreme Court

March 17, 2015

A political economist looks at the relationship between public opinion and the high court.

writtenNeil Malhotra: Do Americans Really Want Bipartisanship?

September 8, 2014

A study shows that political identity often trumps a voter’s desire for compromise.

writtenNeil Malhotra: We May Not Be as Color Blind as We Think

April 7, 2014

New research shows that when it comes to dating and marriage, race still matters.

writtenNeil Malhotra: Are Americans’ Fears of Immigration Overstated?

September 30, 2013

A new study explores the evidence behind the idea that people oppose immigration because they fear losing their job.

writtenNeil Malhotra: Having Sisters Makes Men More Likely to Be Republican

July 23, 2013

Research suggests that childhood inexperience with household chores may help shape political views.

writtenNeil Malhotra: Political Polarization Even Extends to Romance

February 13, 2013

New research reveals that political affiliation rivals education level as one of the most important factors in identifying a potential mate.

writtenDisaster Relief Helps the Incumbent

October 30, 2012

Research shows that President Obama may get a bump in the polls from Hurricane Sandy.

writtenHow Polls Influence Behavior

October 30, 2012

New research says polling data helps voters get the information they need to make decisions.

writtenNeil Malhotra: What Does a Hollywood Blockbuster Look Like?

February 16, 2012

A study of the film industry examines discrepancies between estimated and actual box office performance.

writtenNeil Malhotra: Incumbents Thrive When the Home Team Wins

July 1, 2010

Research shows how voting decisions can be influenced by otherwise irrelevant events, such as football scores.

writtenFraming Obama's Stimulus Package

February 1, 2009

A study explores how peoples' backgrounds influence their opinions of the president's plan to boost the economy.

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‘The Nut Behind the Wheel’ to ‘Moral Machines:’ A Brief History of Auto Safety | ETH4 Neil Malhotra, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin2014

‘The Nut Behind the Wheel’ to ‘Moral Machines:’ A Brief History of Auto Safety | ETH4 Neil Malhotra, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin2014

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