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Dr Neil Visalvanich

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 47218
Room number: SE114, Southend House

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Neil Visalvanich joined Durham University as a Lecturer in Comparative Politics in 2015. He recieved his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2014. For the 2014-2015 academic year, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bucknell Univerisity. 

Neil focuses on studying politics in America, and is particularly interested in the politics of campaigns and elections, as well as the influence of racial and ethnic diversity on political institutions, mass political behaviour, and public opinion. Currently, Neil is working on a collaborative data project that seeks to record the racial background of all the candidates who ran for US Congress from 2008-2014, with the purpose of examining candidate strategy, voter response to candidates, and how political parties interact with minority candidates. In addition, Neil has also been conducting survey experiments to examine the effect of candidate racial background, political information, and how the combination of these two variables influences perceptions of minority candidates. These experiments are to be the basis of a larger book project. Neil is also broadly interested in the study of political behaviour and plans on furthering his collaborative endeavours with scholars in an international context. 

A link to Neil's personal website can be found at

Research Groups

  • Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour

Research Interests

  • American Politics
  • Electoral Politics
  • The Politics of Race and Ethnicity

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  • Gell-Redman, Micah, Visalvanich, Neil, Crabtree, Charles & Fariss, Christopher J. (2018). It’s All About Race: How State Legislators Respond to Immigrant Constituents. Political Research Quarterly 71(3): 517-531.
  • Visalvanich, Neil (2017). Asian Candidates in America: The Surprising Effects of Positive Racial Stereotyping. Political Research Quarterly 70(1): 68-81.
  • Nielson, Lindsay & Visalvanich, Neil (2017). Primaries and Candidates: Examining the Influence of Primary Electorates on Candidate Ideology. Political Science Research and Methods 5(2): 397-408.
  • Visalvanich, Neil (2016). When Does Race Matter? Exploring White Responses to Minority Congressional Candidates. Politics, Groups, and Identities 5(4): 618-641.
  • Hassell, Hans J. G. & Visalvanich, Neil (2015). Call to (In)Action: The Effects of Racial Priming on Grassroots Mobilization. Political Behavior 39(4): 911-932.

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Politics & Society: American Politics
  • Government: American Politics