Spencer Piston

Associate Professor of Political Science

  • Title Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Office PLS 300
  • Phone 617-353-2756
  • Education Ph.D., University of Michigan; B.A., Grinnell College

Areas of Specialization: Public Policy; Race; Public Opinion; Political Behavior; Politics of Inequality

Piston is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston University. He received his PhD in 2014 from the University of Michigan. His research examines the politics of oppression in the United States, focusing on race, class, public opinion, political behavior, elections, the welfare state, and the criminal justice system.

Piston is the author of Class Attitudes in America, which was published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press. His scholarship has also been published or accepted for publication in many leading social science journals, including The American Political Science Review, Du Bois Review, Electoral Studies, The Journal of Politics, The Journal of Public Policy, Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Political Behavior, Political Communication, Political Psychology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review.

Piston has been named a Distinguished Junior Scholar by the Political Psychology Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA); he has also won awards from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus of APSA and the State Politics and Policy Section of APSA. His  scholarship has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences, the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, the Maxwell School’s Campbell Institute at Syracuse University, and the Initiative on Cities as well as the Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy at Boston University.

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