Shane Singh received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Michigan State University in 2009 under the supervision of William G. Jacoby. During the 2009-2010 academic year, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at McGill University and the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies at the Université de Montréal. He joined UGA as an assistant professor in the fall of 2010 and was promoted to associate professor in 2015. Professor Singh’s research focuses on comparative politics, with an emphasis on the contextual foundations of political behavior and attitudes.
Ph.D., Michigan State University 2009, Political Science
M.A., Michigan State University 2006, Political Science
B.A., Michigan State University 2003, Political Science
Social and political attitudes
Professor Singh’s current primary interest is in compulsory voting, with a focus on its effects on citizen attitudes and the nature of vote choices. He is also actively researching topics in voter turnout, electoral systems and electoral behavior, social and political attitudes, and party behavior. Professor Singh has published over 30 peer-reviewed academic journal articles on these topics in many of the leading general and subfield journals in political science. Some of his recent publications appear in the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, the European Journal of Political Research, Comparative Politics, the Journal of Peace Research, Political Research Quarterly, Electoral Studies, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. Professor Singh is skilled in the use of quantitative research methods, and his research makes use of a variety of cutting-edge quantitative tools.
Professor Singh’s work is supported by external grants totalling over $200,000, and he has won numerous scholarships and awards to further his education, scholarship, and professional travel. Professor Singh has presented his work at invited talks and conferences in several countries. He teaches on SPIA's Globis study abroad program in Verona, Italy and at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research at the University of Michigan during the summer.
2015: Faculty Research Award, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia
2013-2016: Roughly $60,000 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Used to develop and administer web-based voting experiments focused on the use of polls in the vote decision process. With J. Roy, P. Fournier, and B. Andrew.
INTL 3300 Introduction to Comparative Politics
INTL 4300 Comparative Political Institutions
INTL 6010 Research Methods in International Policy
POLS 7010 Research Methods in Political Science
Singh's primary research examines how political behavior, opinion, and attitudes are conditioned by institutional, social, and electoral context. He is also interested in the relationship between political institutions and country-level factors, including party systems and the policymaking environment. He has a particular interest in the effects of compulsory voting beyond turnout.
- “Compulsory Voting and Dissatisfaction with Democracy.” British Journal of Political Science. forthcoming.
- “Executive Power and Economic Accountability,” with R. Carlin. Journal of Politics. 2015. 77(4): 1031-1044..
- “Authoritarianism, Socioethnic Diversity, and Political Participation across Countries,” with K. Dunn. European Journal of Political Research. 2015. 54(3): 563-581.
- “Compulsory Voting and the Turnout Decision Calculus.” Political Studies. 2105. 63(3): 548-568.
- “Get Off My Lawn: Territorial Civil Wars and Subsequent Social Intolerance in the Public,” with J. Tir. Journal of Peace Research. 2015. 52(4): 478-491.
- “Happy Medium, Happy Citizens: Presidential Power and Democratic Regime Support,” with R. Carlin. Political Research Quarterly. 2015. 68(1): 3-17.
- “Not all Election Winners are Equal: Satisfaction with Democracy and the Nature of the Vote.” European Journal of Political Research. 2014. 53(2): 308-327.
- “Linear and Quadratic Utility Loss Functions in Voting Behavior Research.” Journal of Theoretical Politics. 2014. 26(1): 35-58.
- “Is It the Economy or Foreign Policy, Stupid? The Impact of Foreign Crises on Leader Support,” with J. Tir. Comparative Politics. 2013. 46(1): 83-101.
- “Compulsory Voting and the Dynamics of Partisan Identification,” with J. Thornton. European Journal of Political Research. 2013. 52(2): 188-211.
- “Differentiating Winners: How Elections Affect Satisfaction with Democracy,” with E. Karakoç and A. Blais. Electoral Studies. 2012. 31(1): 201-211.
- “Contradictory Calculi: Differences in Individuals’ Turnout Decisions across Electoral Systems.” Political Research Quarterly. 2011. 64(3): 646-655.
- “How Compelling is Compulsory Voting? A Multilevel Analysis of Turnout.” Political Behavior. 2011. 33(1): 95-111.