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Sean Richey

Associate Professor    

Voting and elections, political communication and political behavior


Sean Richey’s research and teaching interests include political communication and political behavior, with a specialization in voting behavior, public opinion, political discussion networks, social capital, and political participation.

In 2013 to 2014, I was on a Fulbright Scholar Fellowship in Japan at the University of Tokyo and Japan Women’s University.

Home Department: Political Science



Richey, Sean.   2014.  The Social Basis of the Rational Citizen:   How Political Communication in Social Networks Improves Civic Competence. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.

Ikeda, Ken’ichi, and Sean Richey.  2011. Social Networks and Japanese Democracy:  The Beneficial Impact of Interpersonal Communication in East Asia.  London:  Routledge Press.  Equal authorship.


[25] Richey, Sean, and Junyan Zhu.  2015. “New Internet Access Does Not Improve Political  Interest, Efficacy or Knowledge.” Political Communication Equal Authorship. Forthcoming.

[24] Brendan Nyhan, Jason  Reifler, Sean Richey, and Gray L. Freed.  2014. “Effective Messages in Vaccine Promotion: A Randomized Trial.”  Pediatrics Equal Authorship. Forthcoming.

[23] Richey, Sean.  2013. “Random and Systematic Voting Errors in Presidential

Elections from 1972-2004.” Political Research Quarterly 66 (3):  645-657.

[22] Franklin, Daniel, Sean Richey, and Ryan Yonk.  2013. “Battlegrounds and Budgets:   State-level  Evidence  of Budget  Manipulation in Competitive Presidential  Election  States.” State and Local Government Review 45 (2):  108-115. Equal Authorship.

[21] Ken’ichi Ikeda, Sean Richey, and Holly Teresi.  2013. “Browsing Alone: The Differential  Impact  of Internet Platforms on Political  Participation.” Japanese Journal of Political  Science  14 (3):  305-319. Equal  Authorship.

[20] Richey,  Sean,  and  Ben Taylor.   2012.  “Who Advocates?  Determinants of Political Advocacy in Presidential Election Years.”  Political Communication 29 (4):  414-427. Equal  authorship.

[19] Brendan Nyhan,  Jason  Reifler, and Sean Richey.  2012. “The Role of Social Networks  in Influenza  Vaccine  Attitudes and  Intentions Among  College Students.”  Journal of Adolescent Health 51: 302-304. Equal Authorship.

[18] Shauna Reilly, Sean Richey, and J. Benjamin Taylor.  2012. “Using Google Search Data for State Politics Research:  An Empirical Validity Test Using Roll- off Data.” State Politics & Policy Quarterly 12 (2) 146-159. Equal authorship.

[17] Richey, Sean.  2012. “Campaign Advertising and the Activation of the Authoritarian Personality.” Political Communication 29 (1):  24-43.

[16] Ikeda,  Ken’ichi,  Tetsuro Kobayashi, and  Sean Richey.   2012.  “Recreation and Participation:  Testing the Political Impact of Social Interaction.” Social Science Quarterly 43 (3):  464-81. Equal authorship.

[15] Reilly, Shauna,  and  Sean Richey.  2011.  “Ballot Question Readability and Roll-off: The Impact  of Language Complexity.” Political Research Quarterly 64 (1):  59-67. Equal  authorship.

[14] Richey, Sean.   2011.  “Civic Engagement and Patriotism.” Social Science Quarterly 42 (4):  1044-56.

[13] Richey, Sean.  2010. “Corruption and Social Trust.” American Politics Research  36 (3):  676-690.

[12] Richey,  Sean.  2010.  “The Impact  of Anti-Assimilationist Beliefs on Attitudes  Towards  Immigration.”  International Studies Quarterly 54 (1):  197-212.

[11] Ikeda, Ken’ichi,  and  Sean Richey.   2009.  “The  Impact  of Informal  Social Networks  on Tolerance  in Japan.” British  Journal of Political  Science  39 (3): 655-668. Equal  authorship.

[10] Richey, Sean.  2009. “Hierarchy in Political Discussion.”  Political Communication  26 (2):  137-152.

[9] Richey, Sean,  and  Ken’ichi Ikeda.   2009.  “Institutional Incentives and the Creation of Political Trust in Marginalized  Groups.”  Social Science Quarterly 40 (4):  911- 926. Equal  authorship.

[8] Richey, Sean.  2008. “The  Autoregressive  Influence of Social Network  Political Knowledge  on Voting  Behaviour.” British  Journal of Political  Science  38 (3):  527-542.

[7] Richey,  Sean.  2008. “The  Social Basis of Voting  Correctly.” Political Communication 25 (4):  366 – 376.

[6] Richey,  Sean.  2008.  “Voting  By Mail:  Political  Participation and  Institutional  Reform in Oregon.”  Social Science  Quarterly 39 (4):  902-915.

[5] Richey, Sean.  2007. “Manufacturing Trust.” Political  Behavior   29 (1):  69-88.

[4] Richey,  Sean, and  Ken’ichi Ikeda.  2006.  “The  Influence of Social Network- ing on Policy  Preference:  Comparing the  United  States  and  Japan.” Japanese Journal of Political  Science  7 (3):  273-288.  Reprinted in Hood,  Christopher, ed.  2008. Politics  of Modern  Japan. Routledge  Press.  Equal  authorship.

[3] Ikeda,  Ken’ichi,  and  Sean Richey.   2005.  “Japanese Network  Capital:  The Impact  of Social Networks  on Political  Participation.” Political  Behavior    27 (3):  239-260. Equal  authorship.

[2] Richey,  Sean.  2005.  “Who  Votes Alone?  The  Impact  of Voting  by Mail on Political Discussion.”  Australian Journal of Political  Science  40 (3):  435-442.

[1] Richey,  Sean.  2005.  “Informal  Social Networking  and  Community Involvement.”  Journal of Political  Science  22 (1):  145-163.


Richey, Sean.  2014. ”Political Persuasion.” International Handbook of Political Communication Forthcoming.

Richey, Sean.  2014. ”Contact Hypothesis.” International Handbook of Political Communication Forthcoming.

Richey,  Sean.   2010.  Book review for The  Political  Influence  of Churches by Paul  A. Djupe  and  Christopher P. Gilbert,  in Political  Communication 27 (2): 223-25.