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I’m an associate professor of political communication at Louisiana State University in the Manship School of Mass Comm. and Dept. of Political Science, where I’m proud to be an award-winning teacher and interim associate dean of undergraduate studies.

I study mass political behavior and democracy with communication, psychology, and history—especially partisanship, ideology, and violence. I’ve written three books and two dozen scholarly articles on those topics, and that work has often been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The AtlanticVox, FiveThirtyEight, Politico, and other news outlets.

My 1st book, Neither Liberal nor Conservative (2017, w/ Don Kinder), shows the scarcity & contingency of the public’s ideology. My awardwinning 2nd book, With Ballots & Bullets (2020), shows reciprocal links between partisan voting & violence in the US Civil War. My 3rd book, Radical American Partisanship (2022, w/ Lily Mason), investigates violent partisan views today. My next book, America’s Democratic Revolutions, will map US democratization (representation & rights) past, present, & future. It traces dominating & democratizing factions through history in parties & public, plus practitioner interviews, public persuasion tests, & mechanisms of change.

Current projects use mixed methods to evaluate threats against women in politics, assess public rejection of elections, gauge public support for US democratization, & test the voting impact of policy ads and frames that rebalance local spending in policed communities. In sum, I investigate fractious roots of public opinion and action as mobilized by communication, with a focus on meaningful democracy.

Email: nkalmoe@lsu.edu Google Scholar. Twitter. LinkedIn. CV is here.

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