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Nicholas John Winter

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Politics
Office location and address
385 Gibson Hall
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Michigan
Biography

Associate Professor. Fields: American politics (public opinion, political psychology, gender & politics, race & politics) and methodology (statistical analysis, research design, experimental methods).

Winter’s recent book develops and tests a theory to explain the process by which public opinion can be shaped by implicit race or gender considerations (Dangerous Frames: How Ideas About Race and Gender Shape Public Opinion, University of Chicago Press). He has a project underway exploring the ways that ideas about gender and masculinity shape perceptions of political leaders, parties and issues throughout American history. His work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Gender & Politics, Political Behavior, and Political Psychology.

PLAP 3270: Public Opinion and American Democracy
Credits: 3
This course examines public opinion and its place in American democracy. We study the psychological and political roots of citizens' opinions, as well as the relationship between public opinion and political campaigns, the media, and government. This class replaces PLAP 2270 there fore you will not get credit for the course twice.
PLAP 4140: Gender and American Political Behavior
Credits: 3
A survey of the way gender ideas shape political behavior in the American political system, historically and today. Prerequisite: one course in WGS or American political behavior (PLAP 2270, 3140, 3150, 4120, 4150, 4360).
PLAP 4150: Political Psychology
Credits: 3
A seminar introducing students to the study of political psychology. Topics include authoritarianism, tolerance, altruism, ethnocentrism, the role of affect and cognition in political choice, the role of racial stereotyping in political campaigns, and psychological challenges to rational choice models of political decision-making. Prerequisite: One course in PLAP or instructor permission.
PLAP 4500: Special Topics in American Politics
Credits: 3
Investigates a selected issue in American government or American political development. Prerequisite: One course in PLAP or instructor permission.
PLPT 5993: Selected Problems in Theory and Method
Credits: 1–3
Independent study under faculty supervision, for students who are preparing for intensive research on a specific topic. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PLAP 5993: Selected Problems in American Politics
Credits: 1–3
Independent study under faculty supervision, for students who are preparing for intensive research on a specific topic. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PLAD 7100: Political Research with Quantitative Methods
Credits: 4
Introduces probability and statistics as tools for quantitative political science analysis. Covers basic probability theory, descriptive statistics, and statistical inference with focus on the specification and interpretation of the regression model. Weekly homework assignments allow students to practice applying the concepts and methods from class. The course requires no prior experience with statistics.
PLAP 7500: Special Topics in American Politics
Credits: 3
Intensive analysis of selected issues and concepts in American politics.