Michael James Heseltine

PhD Candidate in Political Science

I am a PhD Candidate at American University in Washington, DC. My research focuses on political communications, electoral politics, and Congress.

My dissertation experimentally explores the behavioral responses of the public to increased exposure to polling and political forecasting in the media across a range of electoral contexts.

My other works are focused on big data classifications of online congressional communications, particularly exploring changing rhetorical strategies based on hostility, incivility, and divisive rhetoric.

I currently teach undergraduate Introduction to Research Methods.

My research has been featured in outlets such as the Washington Post and Fivethirtyeight and I have published works in Legislative Studies Quarterly and Political Research Quarterly.