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April ClarkApril K. Clark

American Politics (Voter Behavior and Political Participation, Political Socialization and Public Opinion, Campaigns and Elections, Institutions) and Research Methodology

Zulauf Hall 410
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Overview of Scholarly Activity

April K. Clark (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research and teaching interests include political behavior and political institutions, specifically public opinion, political participation, and civic engagement. Her published work covers a broad array of topics, including trust, social capital, political tolerance, corruption, and politics and religion. Her research has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Huffington Post, NBC.com, and other national and local media outlets. She is a research associate of the Center for Governmental Studies (CGS), and was previously a research associate at the Pew Research Center (Social and Demographic Trends, and the People and the Press). April teaches courses on political behavior, public opinion, Congress, the Presidency, and research methods.

Selected Publications

April K. Clark. 2015. “Rethinking the Decline in Social Capital.” Special issue marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Robert Putnam’s seminal article “Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital." American Politics Research, forthcoming.

Marie Eisenstein and April K. Clark. 2014. “Political Tolerance, Psychological Security, and Religion: Disaggregating the Mediating Influence of Psychological Security. Politics and Religion, Volume 7(2): 287-317.

Marie Eisenstein and April K. Clark. 2014. “An Assessment of Differences in Religion Measures and How These Differences Influence Political Tolerance Outcomes,” in Carriers of the Creed? Religion and Political Tolerance in the U.S., forthcoming ed. Paul Djupe. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

April K. Clark, Michael Clark, and Marie Eisenstein. 2014. “Stability and Change: Intolerance of Communists.” Sage Open.

April K. Clark and Marie Eisenstein. 2013. “Interpersonal Trust: An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis Revisited.” Social Science Research 42(2): 361-375.

April K. Clark, Michael Clark, and Daniel Monzin. 2013 . “Explaining Changing Trust Trends in America.” International Research Journal Social Sciences, 2(1): 7-13. 

Marie Eisenstein and April K. Clark. 2013. “Portraits of Religion in Introductory American Government Textbooks: Images of Tolerance or Intolerance.” Journal of Political Science Education, 9(1): 89-107.

April K. Clark and Michael Clark. 2013. “Examining Intolerance of Atheist Speech Over Time and Across Generations.” International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 3(5), 30-48.

Matthew J.  Streb and April Clark. 2009. “The Public and Political Corruption,” in Michael A. Genovese and Victoria A. Farrar-Myers, eds. Corruption and American Politics: Cambria Press.

Michael Dimock, April K. Clark, and Juliana Menasce Horowitz. 2008. “Campaign Dynamics and the Swing Vote in the 2004 Election.” In The Swing Voters in American Politics, ed. William G. Mayer. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press.

Scott Keeter, Courtney Kennedy, April Clark, Trevor Tompson, and Mike Mokrzycki. 2007. “What’s Missing from National RDD Surveys? The Impact of the Growing Cell-Only Population.” Public Opinion Quarterly, 71(5):772-792.