Betsy Sinclair

Professor of Political Science
Director of Graduate Studies in Political Science
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    • Washington University
    • CB 1063
    • One Brookings Drive
    • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    ​Professor Sinclair’s research interests include American politics and political methodology with an emphasis on individual political behavior.

    Sinclair focuses on the social foundations of participatory democracy — the ways in which social media influences voting, donating, choosing a candidate or identifying with a particular party.

     The Social Citizen

    The Social Citizen

    Human beings are social animals. Yet despite vast amounts of research into political decision making, very little attention has been devoted to its social dimensions. In political science, social relationships are generally thought of as mere sources of information, rather than active influences on one’s political decisions.