Brendan Nyhan

Research Faculty


Professor, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy
Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies


Ph.D. 2009 Duke University (Political Science)


Brendan Nyhan’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Brendan Nyhan’s Personal Website

Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan
Room 4265, 426 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104–2321, United States

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Professor Nyhan's research as a political scientist has focused on the dynamics of scandals, misinformation, persuasion (in the face of misperception), social networks, and statistical methodology. He is a contributor to The Upshot blog at The New York Times and a co-founder of Bright Line Watch, a watchdog group that monitors the status of American democracy.

Selected publications. Please also see Brendan Nyhan’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)...

Nyhan, Brendan, and Thomas Zeitzoff. "Conspiracy and Misperception Belief in the Middle East and North Africa." The Journal of Politics, 2018, (forthcoming), doi:10.1086/698663.

Nyhan, Brendan, and Jason Reifler. "The Roles of Information Deficits and Identity Threat in the Prevalence of Misperceptions." Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 2018, pp. 1–23., doi:10.1080/17457289.2018.1465061.

Montgomery, Jacob M., et al. "How Conditioning on Posttreatment Variables Can Ruin Your Experiment and What to Do about It." American Journal of Political Science, vol. 62, no. 3, 2018, pp. 760–775., doi:10.1111/ajps.12357.

Nyhan, Brendan, and Thomas Zeitzoff. "Fighting the Past: Perceptions of Control, Historical Misperceptions, and Corrective Information in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." Political Psychology, vol. 39, no. 3, 2017, pp. 611–631., doi:10.1111/pops.12449.

Lazer, David M. J., et al. "The Science of Fake News." Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 9 Mar. 2018,