Damon C. Roberts

PhD Candidate

University of Colorado Boulder


I am a Lab Fellow in the American Politics Research lab and a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder with concentrations in American politics and Research Methodology. My research focuses on political behavior, political psychology, political communication, race and gender, and research methods. My current projects use computational methods to study the differing communicative styles that politicians may use and how those differences affect the public’s view of political events. I received my B.S. in Political Science from Boise State University in 2019.


  • Political Psychology
  • Political Communication
  • Applied Machine Learning
  • Text Analysis
  • Race and Ethnicity in Politics
  • Gender


  • Ph.D. Political Science - Concentrations in American Politics and Methodology, Present

    University of Colorado Boulder

  • B.S. Political Science - Concentrations in American Politics and Public Policy, 2019

    Boise State University

Recent Publications

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Polarized Social distancing: Residents of Republican-majority counties spend more time away from home during the COVID-19 crisis

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges across the world in getting citizens to change their behaviors in …

Linking Gender, Language, and Partisanship: Developing a Database of Masculine and Feminine Words

Seemingly, gender, language, and partisanship are intertwined concepts. We believe that the use of gendered language in political …

A Delicate Hand, or Two-Fisted Aggression? How Gendered Language influences Candidate Perceptions

Gendered language is seemingly found everywhere in American politics. We test the impact that gendered language has on voter support …



Primary tool used for research. Also currently maintaining an R package that I built (see ScrapeCongress).


Have Training in: GLM, MLM, Structural Equations Modeling, Experimental Methods, Text Analysis, Bayesian Statistics

Social Science

Political Science, dabble in social psychology and communication


Use Python for tasks not suitable in R. Looking to use it more often.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

An Expanded Gendered Language Dictionary for Political Analysis

Political language often has gendered connotations, both in the topics politicians talk about, but also in the words they use. Using a …



Graduate Teaching Assistant

University of Colorado Boulder

Aug 2019 – Present Colorado
Taught introduction to American politics.

Project Specialist

Boise State University

Jan 2016 – Jul 2019 Idaho
Responsibilities Include:

  • Project Management
  • Business Analytics and Financial Projection
  • Website Development


Lean Six Sigma Green Belt