Alexa Bankert


Assistant Professor of Political Science

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Website

Alexa Bankert is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia. After completing her B.A. in Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, she received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Stony Brook University in 2016. Alexa’s current research focuses on the development, measurement, and consequences of partisan identities in two-party and multi-party systems.

Alexa’s research and teaching focus on political psychology, and experimental methods. More specifically, her work examines the origins, development, and impact of social identities on political attitudes, values, and behavior and has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Political Psychology, Political Behavior, and Electoral Studies. She is the recipient of several awards including the Distinguished Junior Scholars Award given by the Political Psychology Section of the American Political Science Association, the Janet Box-Steffensmeier Award for Outstanding Female Graduate Students in Methodology, and the Milton Lodge Award for Outstanding Research Potential. Currently, Alexa serves on the Early Career Committee of the International Society of Political Psychology as the Professional Development Coordinator.

Education

Ph.D., Stony Brook University 2016, Political Science

B.A., Freie Universität Berlin 2011, Political Science

Areas of Expertise

Political Psychology

American and Comparative Political Behavior

Experimental Methods

Quantitative Survey Methods

Public Opinion

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Milton Lodge Award for Outstanding Research Potential, Department of Political Science, Stony
Brook University, 2015
Distinguished Junior Scholars Award given by the Political Psychology Section of the American
Political Science Association, 2015
American Political Science Association Travel Grant, 2015
NSF Travel Grant for attending the Society of Political Methodology Summer Meeting, 2015
American Association for Public Opinion Research Student Travel Award, 2015
International Society of Political Psychology Summer Academy Fellow, 2014
Janet Box-Steffensmeier Award for Outstanding Female Graduate Students in Methodology, 2013
Prestage-Cook Travel Award, Southern Political Science Association, 2013
Ernst Reuter Scholarship for Excellent Academic Achievements, 2009
Fulbright Travel Grant, 2009
Freie Universität Direct Exchange Scholarship, 2008
Friedrich Naumann Scholarship for Outstanding Students, 2008 – 2011

Course Instruction

POLS 1101 Introduction to American Government

POLS 4790 Special Topics: Political Psychology

Research Interests

American and comparative political behavior, political psychology, and experimental methods

Selected Publications

Alexa Bankert, Leonie Huddy, and Martin Rosema. “Measuring Partisanship as a Social Identity in Multi-Party Systems.” Forthcoming at Political Behavior.

Alexa Bankert, and Helmut Norpoth (2013). “Guns N Jobs -The FDR Legacy.” Electoral Studies, 32(3): 551 – 556.

Benjamin J. Newman, Yamil Velez, Todd K. Hartman, and Alexa Bankert (2015). “Are Citizens Receiving the Treatment? Assessing a Key Link in Contextual Theories of Public Opinion and Political Behavior.” Political Psychology, 36: 123-131.