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 psychology, political communication, race and gender, and applied machine learning to aid with causal inference. My current projects examine the effects that politics have on shaping psychological processes. My research has appeared in Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, and Social Science Quarterly. My public scholarship has appeared in the Washington Post.


  • Emotions in politics
  • Political Communication
  • Applied Machine Learning and Text Analysis
  • Causal Inference Methodologies


  • 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 …

Do Voters Care about the Age of their Elected Representatives?

On average, members of Congress are significantly older than the constituents they represent, while young people remain …

Principled or Partisan? The Effect of Cancel Culture Framings on Support for Free Speech

Political scientists have long been interested in the effects that media framings have on support or tolerance for controversial …