Vincent L. Hutchings

Research Professor, CPS
Professor, LSA Political Science
Vincent L. Hutchings


Vince Hutchings received a BA in Political Science from San Jose State University and a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Shortly afterward, Hutchings became a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at Yale. He has since received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and served as the University of Michigan Principal Investigator for the American National Election Study for the 2008 and 2012 election cycles. In 2012, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is currently a Research Professor in the Center for Political Science at the Institute for Social Research and the Hanes Walton Jr. Collegiate Professor in the University of Michigan's Political Science department.

Dr. Hutchings is interested in public opinion, elections, voting behavior, racial attitudes, and African American politics. He has studied how the size of the African American constituency in congressional districts can influence legislative responsiveness to Black interests, producing research that has been published in Legislative Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Politics. He is also interested in the ways that campaign communications can "prime" or activate various group identities and subsequently affect candidate evaluations. He examines how campaign communications can subtly---and not so subtly---prime voter's racial (and other group-based) attitudes and subsequently affect their political decisions. Research from this project, co-authored with Professors Nicholas Valentino and Ismail White, has been published in the American Political Science Review. Dr. Hutchings and faculty collaborators are currently exploring how different news frames can diminish or exacerbate tensions among Whites, Blacks and Latinos.

In 2003, Hutchings published a book at Princeton University Press entitled Public Opinion and Democratic Accountability: How Citizens Learn About Politics, that focuses on how, and under what circumstances, citizens monitor (and consequently influence) their elected representative's voting behavior. In this book, Hutchings pushed back against the idea that American voters are uninformed, arguing that they are more politically engaged than is often recognized. Analyzing broad survey data as well as the content of numerous Senate and gubernatorial campaigns involving such issues as race, labor, abortion, and defense, Hutchings demonstrates that voters are politically engaged when politicians and the media discuss the issues that the voters perceive as important. Thus, while the electorate may be generally uninformed about and uninterested in public policy, a complex interaction of individual motivation, group identification, and political circumstance leads citizens concerned about particular issues to obtain knowledge about their political leaders and use that information at the ballot box.

  • Bridging Supplement: Collaborative Research: American National Election Studies (ANES) 2014-2017. (Vincent L. Hutchings, Ted Brader) 2018-2019. NSF.
  • Supplement: Collaborative Research: American National Election Studies (ANES) 2014-2017. (Vincent L. Hutchings) 2017-2018. NSF.
  • Supplement :Collaborative Research: American National Election Studies (ANES) 2014-2017. (Vincent L. Hutchings, Ted Brader) 2016-2018. National Science Foundation.
  • American National Election Studies (ANES). (Vincent L. Hutchings, Ted Brader) 2014-2019. NSF.