Patrick J Egan

Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy Affiliation: NYU New York
Email: patrick.egan@nyu.edu
Education: BA Swarthmore College; MPA Princeton University; PhD University of California, Berkeley

Research Areas: Political attitudes and behavior


Patrick J. Egan is Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy at NYU, where he specializes in public opinion, political institutions and their relationship in American politics. His current work includes research on social media and political knowledge, politics and identity, and Americans’ understanding of the complex problem of climate change.

He is the author of Partisan Priorities: How Issue Ownership Drives and Distorts American Politics (Cambridge, 2013). His peer-reviewed research has appeared in outlets such as Nature, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, and the British Journal of Political Science. He is a recipient of the NYU Golden Dozen Award in recognition for his outstanding contribution to learning in the classroom.

Egan holds a PhD in political science from UC Berkeley, a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and is a graduate of Swarthmore College. Before entering academia, he worked in the nonprofit and government sectors in Philadelphia, including serving as an Assistant Deputy Mayor of Policy and Planning in the office of Mayor Edward Rendell. In 2016 and 2018, he worked as an elections analyst for NBC News as part of the network's Exit Poll Desk team.