Samuel J. Abrams

Research Fellow

Samuel J. Abrams is a political scientist with interests in political behavior, socio-political culture and research methods. He is a Research Fellow with the Hoover Institution, Professor of Politics and Social Sciences at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, and a faculty fellow with NYU's Center for Advanced Social Science Research.

Prof Abrams received his AB from Stanford University and his AM and PhD from Harvard University and is an alumnus of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Program on Inequality and Social Policy.

He has published numerous articles and books on public opinion, Congress, religion and society, and polarization.

He is currently completing two book projects with the first being a large scale study of partisanship and society. The second is an examination of polarization and the division or lack thereof in American society. His current research interests involve the understanding the current “red/blue divide” in the United States, mapping Jewish community political and electoral behavior, and is working on a number of projects exploring ideology and partisanship.

Sam was recently named as one of the United States’ “40 under 40” professors and lives in New York City and Jamesport, NY.

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Analysis and Commentary

How Mountain And Pacific States Jews Differ From The Rest

by Steven M. Cohen, Samuel J. Abramsvia Jewish Journal
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jews who live in the West — the Mountain and Pacific states — stand apart from their counterparts in the rest of the country living in the Northeast, Midwest and South. Western Jews — of whom about three quarters live in California and about half of whom live in the Los Angeles area alone — are more likely to be members of the baby-boom generation, living alone or intermarried, raising non-Jewish children, unaffiliated with synagogues or Jewish organizations and identify as Democrats and liberals.

Analysis and Commentary

Professors Moved Left Since 1990s, Rest Of Country Did Not

by Samuel J. Abramsvia Heterodox Academy
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Every few years a debate re-emerges on the internet as to whether university faculty have truly shifted to the left, and if so, whether it matters. The debate has just flared up because of a graph that I made after some discussions about ideology in the academy with my friend Jon Haidt, who wanted to document the trend here at Heterodox Academy.

Analysis and Commentary

Jews In The West, Jews On The Left

by Samuel J. Abrams, Steven M. Cohenvia Jewish Journal
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Regardless of the exact rationale, Jews of the West are politically and ideologically different from those in the rest of the United States.

American Flags
Analysis and Commentary

Americans Aren’t Polarized, Just Better Sorted

by Morris P. Fiorina, Samuel J. Abramsvia The Monkey Cage (Washington Post)
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Americans are no more extreme on political issues than they used to be.

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The Myth of the "Big Sort"

by Samuel J. Abrams, Morris P. Fiorinavia Hoover Digest
Monday, August 13, 2012

In the information age, Americans’ political allegiances go far beyond their neighborhoods. By Samuel J. Abrams and Morris P. Fiorina.

In the News

“The Big Sort” That Wasn't: A Skeptical Reexamination

by Samuel J. Abrams, Morris P. Fiorinavia PS: Political Science & Politics (University of Cambridge)
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Despite the opinions of various reviewers on the Amazon. com website and in the popular media that The Big Sort is thorough, systematic, and well-researched, most academic researchers would conclude the opposite...

No Gain in Democratic Voter Registration since 1994

Purple Voters in the Golden State

by Morris P. Fiorina, Samuel J. Abramsvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 19, 2007

California’s Republican Party has drifted off the centrist track. But its voters haven’t. By Morris P. Fiorina and Samuel J. Abrams.

Truth Without Justice

by Samuel J. Abramsvia Policy Review
Thursday, February 1, 2001

Elliott Abrams on Truth v. Justice: The Morality of Truth Commissions, Robert I. Rotberg and Denis Thompson, editors