Nicholas Dias

Portrait of Nicholas Dias
Doctoral Student

Nic Dias is a dual doctoral student in Communication and Political Science at the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts & Sciences.

Dias studies why policy preferences matter to political behavior and attitudes, despite the fact that citizens tend not to reason ideologically. This includes examining the symbolic meanings attached to policy preferences, as well as the ways in which policy preferences are structured. He is generally interested in interactions between partisan identity, policy preferences, and affective polarization.

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.

Nic Dias studies why policy preferences matter to political behavior and attitudes, despite the fact that citizens tend not to reason ideologically. He is generally interested in interactions between partisan identity, policy preferences, and affective polarization.
Pronouns: he/him

Dias's Network

  • Political Communication
  • Annenberg Public Policy Center
  • Democracy & Information Group
  • Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics