I am Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, Director of the Program in Politics and Law, and department chair until December 31, 2018.

My research focuses on American and comparative politics, particularly elections, public opinion, and lawmaking.  Electoral politics and the complexity of political attitudes grabbed my attention in high school when I started working on political campaigns. I was a state delegate and campaign worker for Douglas Wilder‘s successful bids for Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Virginia and worked on several other local, state, and national campaigns.

I have written on economic sanctions in international relations, third party candidates, economic voting, referendums and initiatives, and divided government.  My current research includes projects on complexity in public opinion and the relationship between federal spending and elections, including public perceptions of federal spending. Most of my work is based on experiments, quantitative methods, survey research, or game theory.

I teach Introduction to American Politics, Campaigns & Elections, Multivariate Statistical Models, American Political Behavior, and Lawmaking and Political Institutions at Dartmouth. I teach statistics to graduate students from all over the globe in a summer program at the University of Michigan that serves students who cannot get advanced training in social science methodology at their home institutions.  I recently served as a visiting lecturer at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and Peking University, both in China. I taught at the Ohio State University for twelve years before coming to Dartmouth.

I studied for my Ph.D. at Duke University and my B.A. at the University of Virginia.

The tabs above will direct you to my curriculum vitae, current and published research, and the classes I teach.

Recent Publications:

Lacy, Dean, Emerson M. S. Niou, Philip Paolino, and Robert A. Rein. 2017. Measuring Preferences for Divided Government: Some Americans Want Divided Government and Vote to Create It.  Political Behavior. First on-line 22 December 2017

Lacy, Dean, and Dino P. Christenson. 2017. Who Votes for the Future? Information, Expectations, and Endogeneity in Economic Voting. Political Behavior. 39(2):347-75. First on-line 09 August 2016.

Lacy, Dean. 2014. Moochers and Makers in the Voting Booth:  Who Benefits from Federal Spending, and How Did They Vote in the 2012 Presidential Election? Public Opinion Quarterly 78(S1):255-275.

Lacy, Dean, and Emerson M.S. Niou. 2013. Nonseparable Preferences and Issue Packaging in Elections.  In Schofield, Norman, Gonzalo Caballero, and Daniel Kselman, eds., Advances in Political Economy:  Institutions, Modeling, and Empirical Analysis. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Lacy, Dean, and Emerson, M.S. Niou. 2012.  Information and Heterogeneity in Issue Voting:  Evidence from the 2008 Presidential Election in Taiwan.  Journal of East Asian Studies 12(1):119-141.

Norris, Catherine J., Amanda G Dumville, Lacy, Dean P. 2011. Affective Forecasting Errors in the 2008 Election: Underpredicting HappinessPolitical Psychology 32(2):235-49.

Lacy, Dean and Paolino, Philip. 2010. Testing Proximity Versus Directional Voting Using ExperimentsElectoral Studies 29:460-71.