Graduate Students

Brian T. Hamel

Contact Information

Office  3244 Bunche Hall


B.A., Political Science (with Honors), American University, 2016

Fields of Study

My research examines mass and elite political behavior in the United States.

Grants and Awards

New Initiatives Grant in Election Sciences, MIT Election Science and Data Lab, $10,000, 2017-2019 (with Jan E. Leighley and Robert M. Stein)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016-2019

Outstanding Scholarship at the Undergraduate Level, American University, 2016

Prestage-Cook Travel Award, Southern Political Science Association, 2016

Advanced Empirical Research on Politics for Undergraduates Program, Society for Political Methodology, 2015-2016


American Political Science Association: 2016 and 2017

Midwest Political Science Association: 2015, 2017, and 2018 (scheduled)

Society for Political Methodology: 2016 (poster)

Southern Political Science Association: 2016

Summer Conference on Election Science, Reform, and Administration: 2017

Toronto Political Behaviour Workshop: 2017 (scheduled)


Lynn Vavreck


Henderson, John A., Brian T. Hamel, and Aaron M. Goldzimer. Forthcoming. "Gerrymandering Incumbency: Does Nonpartisan Redistricting Increase Electoral Competition?" Journal of Politics.

Panagopoulos, Costas, Jan E. Leighley, and Brian T. Hamel. 2017. "Are Voters Mobilized by a 'Friend-and-Neighbor' on the Ballot? Evidence from a Field Experiment."  Political Behavior 39 (4): 865-882.