Michael G. Hagen

Associate Professor

439 Gladfelter Hall
1115 Polett Walk


American politics, Elections, Public opinion, Campaigns, Media, Race


Hagen has been Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science since 2004. He served as Graduate Chair in the Department from 2008 through 2012. He founded Temple’s Institute for Public Affairs in 2004 and served as its director until 2008. Prior to arriving at Temple, he was Associate Research Professor and Director of the Center for Public Interest Polling at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He previously was Senior Research Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and Co-Director of the 2000 National Annenberg Election Survey. From 1990 through 1998, Hagen was on the faculty of the Department of Government at Harvard University, where he also served for two years as Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Hagen’s current research focuses on the conduct and consequences of campaigns and elections in Pennsylvania and the United States, and on the politics of civil rights. Hagen teaches courses on American politics, public opinion and elections, voting rights and political participation, campaign politics and the news media, and the American presidency. He also teaches quantitative analysis and research design.
Hagen earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and his B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. He grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Selected Publications

  • Richard Johnston, Michael G. Hagen, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson. 2004. The 2000 Presidential Election and the Foundations of Party Politics. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Robin Kolodny and Michael G. Hagen. 2008. “What Drives the Cost of Political Advertising?” In The Routledge Handbook of Political Management, ed. Dennis W. Johnson. New York: Routledge, 194-207.
  • Michael G. Hagen and Robin Kolodny. 2008. “Finding the Cost of Campaign Advertising.” The Forum 6. Issue 1, Article 11. Available here .
  • Michael G. Hagen and Richard Johnston. 2007. “Conventions and Campaign Dynamics.” In Rewiring Politics: Presidential Nominating Conventions in the Media Age, ed. Costas Panagopoulos. Baton Rouge: Louisiana University Press, 29-52.

Courses Taught

  • American Presidency
  • American Public Opinion
  • Campaigns, Elections & Media
  • Introduction to the American Political System
  • The Politics of Civil Rights
  • Presidential Elections
  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences


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