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D. Sunshine Hillygus

Professor of Political Science
Political Science
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
140 Science Drive, 203 Gross H, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708


Professor Hillygus has published widely on the topics of American political behavior, campaigns and elections, survey methods, public opinion, and information technology and politics.  She is co-author of Making Young Voters:  Converting Civic Attitudes into Civic Action (Cambridge University Press, 2020), The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Political Campaigns (Princeton University Press, 2008) and The Hard Count: The Social and Political Challenges of the 2000 Census (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006). She is director of the Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology ( and co-director of the Polarization Lab (

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Political Science · 2015 - Present Political Science, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Director of the Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology · 2010 - Present Social Science Research Institute, University Institutes and Centers
Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy · 2016 - Present Sanford School of Public Policy

Education, Training & Certifications

Stanford University · 2003 Ph.D.
Stanford University · 2000 M.A.