- Professor of Political Science
Eric Oliver's interests include contemporary American politics, metropolitan and urban politics, racial politics, political psychology, and political theory. His book, Democracy in Suburbia, is an empirical investigation into how suburbanization affects community life and civic engagement in America. He is also the author of Fat Politics: The Real Story Behind America's Obesity Epidemic. He has published several articles in the American Political Science Review and the American Journal of Political Science on topics ranging from absentee voting to the contextual determinants of racial attitudes.
Oliver recently won a Young Investigators Career Award from the National Science Foundation, and he spent the 2002-2003 academic year as a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City.