Citrin Award Lecture: “Does Political Propaganda Work,” Donald P. Green


Recorded on February 10, 2023, this video features the 2022 Citrin Award Lecture, presented by Donald P. Green, J.W. Burgess Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. Professor Green’s lecture, “Does Political Propaganda Work?”, was presented by the Jack Citrin Center for Public Opinion Research at UC Berkeley. Professor Green was introduced by David Broockman, Associate Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley.

The Citrin Award Lecture is an annual event. The Citrin Award recognizes the career of an individual who has made significant contributions to the study and understanding of public opinion. The 2022 Citrin Award honors the career of Donald P. Green, whose pioneering work has advanced knowledge of the formation and change in public opinion in a variety of significant areas. Earlier Award Lecturers were Donald Kinder (2018), Peter Hart (2019), Robert Putnam (2020), and Diana Mutz (2021).

About the Speaker

Donald P. Green is the John William Burgess Professor in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. Before that, he was a member of the Yale Political Science Department from 1989 to 2011 and served as the Director of Yale’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies from 1996 to 2011. Professor Green received his B.A. from UCLA and his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. He is the author of five books: Social Science Experiments: A Hands-on Introduction (2022), Field Experiments: Design, Analysis, and Interpretation (2012), Get Out The Vote: How to Increase Voter Turnout (2004), Partisan Hearts and Minds, Political Parties and the Social Identities of Voters (2002), and Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory: A Critique of Applications in Political Science (1994). He has also published more than 100 articles and essays on a wide array of topics including voting behavior, partisanship, media effects, campaign finance, hate crime, and research methods. He has pioneered the use of field experimentation in political science, and much of his current work uses this method to study the ways political campaigns mobilize and persuade voters. Professor Green was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and was awarded the Heinz I. Eulau Award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review during 2009. In 2010, he founded the experimental research section of the American Political Science Association and served as its first president.

About the Citrin Center

The Jack Citrin Center for Public Opinion Research was created in May 2017 through donations from friends, family, colleagues and former students to honor the career and legacy of Professor Jack Citrin’s 47 years on the faculty. It is housed administratively in the the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science. The Citrin Center conducts original polling, engages in other cutting-edge research on public opinion, organizes conferences and lectures to bring together top scholars, supports research conducted by affiliated faculty members and graduate students, and engages in other activities connected to public opinion research. The Center publicizes its research findings to create a broader awareness of the study of public opinion — defined broadly to refer to political culture and political identity as studied through multiple methods.

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