Michael G. Hagen
Associate Professor and Graduate Chair
439 Gladfelter Hall
Michael G. Hagen is Associate Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Temple Poll.
Hagen has taught courses on public opinion and elections, voting rights and political participation, campaign politics and the news media, and the connection between public opinion and government policy. He also teaches quantitative analysis and research design.
Hagen’s current research focuses on the conduct and consequences of campaigns and elections in Pennsylvania and the United States. Current projects include “Campaign Advertising: Spending and Strategy,” with Robin Kolodny; “Crossover Voting in Presidential Primaries,” with Richard Johnston, and “The Changing Geography of Presidential Elections in Pennsylvania.”
Hagen co-wrote (with Richard Johnston and Kathleen Hall Jamieson) The 2000 Presidential Election and the Foundations of Party Politics, demonstrating that the 2000 presidential election’s outcome was close because the campaign made it so, thanks to the campaigns’ strategic activities. He also co-authored (with Paul M. Sniderman) Race and Inequality: A Study in American Values. In contributions to other books on American elections and in articles in political science journals, he also has written about the presidential nominating process and direct democracy.
Hagen founded Temple’s Institute for Public Affairs and served as its director until 2008. Prior to arriving at Temple in 2004, 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 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. Hagen grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.