Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy
Affiliation: NYU New York
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 New York, where he specializes in Americans’ political attitudes and behavior and their consequences for public policy, partisanship, and identity. His current work includes research on social media and political knowledge, politics and social identity, and Americans’ understanding of the complex problem of climate change. He last taught at NYU Abu Dhabi in the fall 2019 semester.
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 including Nature, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics. Beginning in 2021, he will serve as a field editor for the Journal of Politics. 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, 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. For the past few US election cycles, he has worked as an elections analyst for NBC News as part of the network's Exit Poll Desk team.