Samuel J. Abrams


Samuel J. Abrams was a Research Fellow with the Hoover Institution. He is a political scientist with interests in political behavior, socio-political culture and research methods. He is a Professor of Politics and Social Sciences at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, and a faculty fellow with NYU's Center for Advanced Social Science Research.

Prof Abrams received his AB from Stanford University and his AM and PhD from Harvard University and is an alumnus of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Program on Inequality and Social Policy.

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Mind The Professors

by Samuel J. Abramsvia The American Interest
Friday, March 10, 2017

How the lack of ideological diversity on college campuses slows progress and threatens the ideals of liberal education.

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The Bursting Of The Middlebury Bubble

by Samuel J. Abramsvia Boston Magazine
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

When a controversial conservative speaker came to campus, violence erupted. Is Middlebury’s faculty to blame?

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Why Colleges’ Liberal Lean Is A Problem

by Samuel J. Abramsvia The Chronicle of Higher Education
Sunday, March 5, 2017

In three New York Times columns on the ideological echo chamber in higher education, Nicholas Kristof argues that colleges "embrace diversity of all kinds except for ideological."

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That Impossibly Divided California You’ve Read About? Actually It’s Far More Politically Diverse And Competitive

by Samuel J. Abramsvia Eureka
Thursday, January 19, 2017

With the votes tallied, the 2016 electoral map of the Golden State once again appears to be deeply divided. The old north-south divide of earlier decades has given way to an east-west divide with narratives regularly speaking of a liberal, prosperous coast and a conservative and impoverished inland: two politically distinct “Californias.”

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Swimming Against The Current

by Samuel J. Abramsvia Inside Higher Education
Monday, January 9, 2017

Given the well-known ideological imbalance of professors on our nation’s college and university campuses, quite a bit has been written about how conservative faculty members are a “beleaguered minority,” the rare “campus unicorns” and even “a minority [which] is being systematically repressed in America’s elite institutions.” 

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California's Surprisingly Centrist Core

by Samuel J. Abramsvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

With the votes tallied, the 2016 electoral map of the Golden State appears to be deeply divided. Narratives regularly speak of a liberal, prosperous coast and a conservative and impoverished inland -- two politically distinct “Californias.” The presidential results seemingly confirm this view, with the coast firmly voting Democratic blue and the inland region going Republican red once again.


Is 2016 A Political Turning Point For America?

by Samuel J. Abramsvia The New York Times
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

With Election Day finally here, we can all agree that 2016 will be one for the history books: measured by emotional drain, public vitriol, and the intense focus on the candidates’ personalities over substantive policy issues, Americans have never seen an election like this.

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Why Some Jews Are Staying Loyal To Trump

by Steven M. Cohen, Samuel J. Abramsvia Haaretz
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The “usual suspects” of Orthodox, Russian-speakers, and Israeli-Americans alone don't explain the 20% of U.S. Jews who'll vote for Trump, despite his uniquely offensive positions. 

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There Are Conservative Professors. Just Not In These States.

by Samuel J. Abramsvia The New York Times
Friday, July 1, 2016

When I began teaching at Sarah Lawrence College in 2010, my colleagues would joke that I was a “targeted hire” because I didn’t express uniformly left-wing political views. In most places I’d be considered a moderate, but in the campus context I might as well have been Ted Cruz.


American Authoritarianism: The Political Science Theory That Explains Trump Rally Violence

by Samuel J. Abramsvia Vox
Monday, March 14, 2016

Donald Trump's rallies have a violence problem. But it's not a matter of fringe incidents or unwelcome hooligans tarnishing Trump's image. It's a problem that starts with Trump himself, that's been going on for a while, and that's getting worse.