Public Essays & Written Interviews

Political rifts end friendships, spark safety fears in Wisconsin, but civics can be healed. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. May 11, 2023. (w/ Michael Wagner & Dhavan Shah)

U.S. public opposition to armed demonstrations. Political Violence at a Glance. April 2023. (w/ Lilliana Mason)

Why it might help that some Republicans deny political violence is “legitimate.” The Washington Post. Feb. 15, 2022. (w/ Lilliana Mason)

What you need to know about how many Americans condone political violence — and why. The Washington Post, Monkey Cage blog. Jan. 11, 2021. (w/ Lilliana Mason)
Related Press: New York Times, FiveThirtyEight, Bloomberg.

Dehumanization in our politics is dangerous. NBC Think. Jan. 17, 2021. (w/ Erin Cassese, Lilliana Mason, & Alexander Theodoridis). 

Are we entering a new era of political violence? Vox. Jan. 7, 2021.
Related Press: Just Security

Americans increasingly believe violence is justified if the other side wins. Politico Magazine. Oct. 1, 2020. (w/ Larry Diamond, Lee Drutman, Tod Lindberg, Lilliana Mason)
Related Press: Reason.

When elections lead to violence:  it’s happened before—and were headed thay way now. Salon. Aug. 15, 2020. 

What persuades white Southerners to remove Confederate flags and monuments?  The Washington Post, Monkey Cage blog. June 23, 2020. (w/ Andrew Searles)
Related Press: The Washington Post.

Most Americans reject partisan violence, But there is still cause for concern. Voter Study Group blog. May 7, 2020. (w/ Lilliana Mason)

No, Trump isn’t Teflon. Scandals lower his approval among Republicans — if they see the news. The Washington Post, Monkey Cage blog. Sept. 10, 2019. (w/ Joshua Darr, et al.)

Yes, political rhetoric can incite violence. Politico Magazine. Oct. 30, 2018.
Related press: Bloomberg, FiveThirtyEight (podcast), Dawn.

Surprised by the anger toward McCain? Party loyalists can hate apostates as much as opponents. The Washington Post, Monkey Cage blog. May 16, 2018. (w/ Lilliana Mason) 

Democrats played up the flag at their convention. Was that risky? The Washington Post, Monkey Cage blog. Aug. 4, 2016. (w/ Kimberly Gross)

A surprising number of Americans endorse violence against government. Here’s why. The Washington Post, Monkey Cage blog. Dec. 11, 2015. Reposted by editors June 14, 2017. Cited again June 15, 2017.

The Atlanta victory & Lincoln’s 1864 reelection: “Game-changer” or campaign myth? The Washington Post, Monkey Cage blog.  Sept. 2, 2014.

TV, Radio, Newspaper, & Web Interviews

Louisiana Illuminator. Abortion politics rhetoric. July 31, 2022.
RawStory. Desperately bad.
July 6, 2022.
Guardian. On violent rhetoric.
May 13, 2022.
. On partisan violence. Jan. 5, 2022.
Daily Reveille. On pandemic protocols. Oct. 25, 2021.
Salon. On violence & authoritarianism. May 16, 2021.
The Guardian. On partisan violence. Apr. 16, 2021
Newsweek. On immigration messaging. Mar. 23, 2021.
Matt Grossman’s podcast. On partisan radicalism. Feb. 2021.
Rachel Bitecofer’s podcast. On partisan radicalism. Jan. 2021.
FiveThirtyEight. On partisan violence. Jan. 25, 2021.
WVIK. Heartland Politics w/ Robin Johnson. On Civil War partisanship. Jan. 23, 2021.
Newsweek. Inaugural fact-check. Jan. 20, 2021.
Vox. On partisan violence. Jan. 7, 2021.
Washington Post. Quote from Twitter on polls. Nov. 5, 2020.
The Reveille. On Zoom teaching. Oct. 20, 2020.
The Reveille. On Martin Johnson. Oct, 2020.
The Reveille. On LSU Covid-19 policies. Sept. 28, 2020.
Salon. On partisan violence past & present. Aug. 15, 2020.
NBC. On Civil War partisanship. July 21, 2020.
FiveThirtyEight. On partisanship & #MeToo politics. May 13, 2020.
Colorado Sun. On violent political threats. Jan. 31, 2020
Reveille (LSU). On prison labor on campus. Nov. 20, 2019.
WJLA (DC) & several other Sinclair news stations. On rhetoric & violence. Aug. 14, 2019.
On violence & racial-political rhetoric. Aug. 8, 2019.
The Week. On violence & rhetoric. Aug. 8, 2019.
New York Times. On partisanship. Aug. 8, 2019.
USA Today. On racial-political violence. Aug. 6, 2019.
Daily Kos. On racial-political violence. Aug. 6, 2019.
New York Times. On racial-political violence. Aug. 4, 2019. Also quoted in: Teen Vogue.
Medium. On political violence. June 25, 2019.
Washington Post & wire service. On partisan polarization. Apr. 19, 2019.
The Oregonian. On extreme partisanship. Apr. 17, 2019.
WJLA (DC) & several other Sinclair news stations. On incendiary rhetoric. Apr. 16, 2019.
The Advocate. On campaign mailers. Mar. 27, 2019.
WJLA (DC) & several other Sinclair news stations. On violence & rhetoric. Feb. 21, 2019.
Raw Story.
On political violence. Oct. 27, 2018.
On Trump tweets. July 24, 2018.
Christian Science Monitor.
On Trump approval & impeachment prospects. June 5, 2018.
Inside Higher Ed.
On misconduct in political science (Twitter quote). Apr. 19, 2018.
Bloomberg Businessweek
. On immigration attitudes & partisan polarization. Jan. 25, 2018.
FiveThirtyEight. On public scholarship & peer review. Dec. 19, 2017.
Washington Post. On political violence. Nov. 23, 2017. Reprint: Santa Fe New Mexican. 11-24-2017.
Vanity Fair & Poynter. On news coverage of mass shootings. Oct. 3, 2017. podcast. On Neither Liberal Nor Conservative. Sept. 11, 2017. podcast. On Neither Liberal Nor Conservative. August 15, 2017.
New Books Network podcast. On Neither Liberal Nor Conservative. July 24, 2017.
Wisconsin Public Radio. On Neither Liberal Nor Conservative. July 13, 2017.
Central Time.
 WI Public Radio. 1/2 hr on Neither Liberal Nor Conservative. July 13, 2017.
The Nation
On rhetoric and political violence. June 23, 2017.
Think. Texas Public Radio. 1 hr on Neither Liberal Nor Conservative. June 19, 2017.
Christian Science Monitor. On rhetoric and political violence. June 19, 2017.
U.S. News & World ReportOn news coverage of political violence. June 15, 2017.
VT Digger. On rhetoric and political violence. June 15, 2017.
USA Today. On rhetoric and political violence. June 14, 2017.
The Atlantic. On rhetoric and political violence. June 14, 2017.

The Daily Reveille. On racial attitudes, quoted from public comments at LSU President’s Symposium. Oct. 3, 2016.
CBC radio affiliates in Toronto, Quebec City, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, & Victoria; on 2016 election polls. Sept. 8, 2016.
The Guardian. On violent rhetoric surrounding Brexit & MP Jo Cox murder. July 31, 2016.
WQAD-8 Quad Cities, IA. On Justice Scalia’s replacementFeb. 17, 2016.
Pacific Standard. On violent political rhetoric. Jan. 11, 2011.
WWRL1600 New York City, NY. with Mark Riley, on Rep. Giffords shooting & violent political rhetoric. Jan. 11, 2011.

News featuring or mentioning my work (beyond interviews)

For Radical American Partisanship (2022) book w/ Lily Mason: From 2022: New York Times, NYT#2, NYT#3, FiveThirtyEight, Vox, Vox #2, The Hill, WYPR. From 2021: New York Times, NYT #2, Washington Post, AP, FiveThirtyEight, FiveThirtyEight podcast, Vox, Vox #2, The Economist, CNN (Andrew Yang), MSNBC; From 2020: Washington Post, WaPo #2, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, New Yorker #2, Vox, LA Times, Las Vegas Sun, National Review, Real Time w/ Bill Maher (Bitecofer), The New Republic, Reason, Reason #2, Reason #3, Reason #4, Governing, Niskanen Blog (Bitecofer), Tennessean, New University; From 2019 New York Times (Tom Edsall), NYT #2Washington Post, Carnegie Endowment for Int’l Peace, Reason, Reason #2The Atlantic, The Atlantic #2, National Review (David French), Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, WJLA (DC), The AdvocateThe American Conservative, The OregonianHonolulu Civil Beat, Columbia Daily Herald; Wichita Eagle; From 2018 Bloomberg View, Greater Good MagazineNCA.

For With Ballots & Bullets (2020): From 2022: Vox. From 2021: Denver Post; From 2020: Vox, Salon, Salon #2, LA Progressive; From 2019 New York Times, Washington Post, NBC Think.

For Neither Liberal Nor Conservative (2017): From 2021 The Hill; From 2020 FiveThirtyEight, Jacobin, Psychology Today; From 2019 GQVox (Matt Yglesias), FiveThirtyEightSalon, Alternet; From 2018 Reason (Mo Fiorina), The Economist, Vox (Matt Yglesias), Vox (Julia Azari), Vox (Dylan Matthews), Vox #2(Matthews), Pacific Standard (Tom Jacobs); Boulder Weekly; From 2017 New York Times (Eric Levitz), Vox (Ezra Klein), Vox (Lee Drutman), Vox (Dylan Matthews), Denver Post (Krista Kafer), Washington Monthly (Lee Drutman review), The American Conservative (George Hawley review), NCA.

For “Fueling the fire” (2014): From 2020 Quartz; From 2019 FiveThirtyEight (podcast), FiveThirtyEight #2; From 2018 Greater Good MagazineAustin American-Statesman. From 2017 Washington Post, The Atlantic, The NationChristian Science Monitor, Business Insider, Vox, Vox #2National Communication Association, Bill Moyers, VT Digger. From 2016 The GuardianFrom 2015 New York Times, Huffington PostFrom 2011 The Monkey CageATTN:, NewsdayOutside the BeltwayPhys.orgPonte Al Dia.

For “Partisanship in the #MeToo Era” w/ Mirya Holman: From 2020 FiveThirtyEight.

For “Genes, ideology, & sophistication” w/ Martin Johnson: From 2022 New York Times.

For “Uses & Abuses of Ideology in Political Psychology” (2020): From 2020 Psychology Today.

For “White Identity & Trump”: From 2020: New York Times; From 2019 The Atlantic.

For “Crime News & Democratic Accountability” (2018): From 2019 The Atlantic.

For “Toward Conflict or Compromise?”: From 2017, Telepolis.

For 2017 PPRL Louisiana Community Resilience Survey (flood module): The Advocate.
For 2017 PPRL Louisiana Community Resilience Survey (race module): The Advocate.

For “Cueing patriotism, prejudice, and partisanship” (2016): From 2016 Webster Journal, Abilene Reporter NewsFrom 2015 Pacific Standard, The Week.

For Midwest Matters poll (2015): Daily Review Atlas.

For “Them’s fightin’ words” (2014): From 2015 New York Times, From 2014 Washington Post, Business News DailyScience Codex, Psych Central, Business Standard, Pacific-Standard,, Fox News 13.

For “Equal environments”: From 2009 The Monkey Cage, From 2008 Pacific-Standard.


Nathan P. Kalmoe, Michael Wagner, & Dhavan Shah. March 31, 2023. “Civic Fracture & Renewal in Wisconsin.” UW CCCR Report.
Press: WI Watch

Michael Henderson, Martin Johnson, & Nathan P. Kalmoe. “Nearly One in Five Louisiana Residents Report That Their Home Flooded from the 2016 Storms.” LSU PPRL Report.

Michael Henderson, Martin Johnson, & Nathan P. Kalmoe. “Large Gaps between Whites and Blacks on Views of Race, Law Enforcement and Recent Protests.” LSU PPRL Report.