Nicholas Dias

Nicholas Dias

Nicholas Dias
  • Joint Doctoral Candidate in Communication and Political Science

Nic Dias's research focuses on voter competence and partisanship. His dissertation argues, contrary to many claims, that citizens have coherent political belief systems centered on principles of distributive justice. Further, it examines what information helps citizens to form policy preferences that align with these principles.

Dias is a joint doctoral candidate in Communication and Political Science at the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts & Sciences.

Prior to attending the University of Pennsylvania, Dias worked as a staff researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Dias received his master’s degree in Journalism from the Columbia Journalism School, where he specialized in computational and data journalism. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communication from the University of California, Davis.


  • B.A., University of California, Davis, 2015
  • M.S., Columbia Journalism School, 2017

Selected Publications