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Stephen Utych

Stephen Utych

Associate Professor, Political Science
Interim Ph.D. Program Director

Environmental Research Building 3145
(208) 426-3607

Office Hours: By Appointment

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Dr. Utych received his Ph.D. in political science from Vanderbilt University and his B.S. in Public Policy from Georgia Tech.


Dr. Utych’s research examines political psychology, political behavior, and political communication broadly, both within the context of American and comparative politics.

His work especially focuses on the effects of dehumanizing language in politics, identity in politics, emotions in politics, and how citizens respond to and engage with elections. This work uses quantitative methods, especially experimental methodology.

Dr. Utych’s research has been published in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, Politics, Groups, and Identities, Scientific Data, Journal of Experimental Political Science, Electoral Studies, PS: Political Science & Politics, Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, Political Science Research and Methods, Administrative Theory & Praxis, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Political Studies Review, and Social Science Quarterly He has received grants and awards from Boise State University, Vanderbilt University, the American Political Science Association, and Time Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences.

Selected Publications

VanDusky-Allen, Julie and Stephen M. Utych. 2021. “The Effect of Partisan Representation at Different Levels of Government on Satisfaction with Democracy in the United States.” State Politics & Policy Quarterly

Lyons, Jeffrey and Stephen M. Utych. 2021. “You’re Not From Here!: The Consequences of Urban and Rural Identities.” Political Behavior

Rhodes-Purdy, Matthew, Rachel Navarre and Stephen M. Utych. 2020. “Populist psychology: economics, culture, and emotions.” Journal of Politics.

Utych, Stephen M. 2020. “Man Bites Blue Dog: Are Moderates Really More Electable than Ideologues?” Journal of Politics. 82(1): 392-396.

Utych, Stephen M. 2018. “How Dehumanization Influences Attitudes toward Immigrants.” Political Research Quarterly. 71(2): 440-452.

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