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Assistant Professor of Government



Office: HAR213


B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2004

M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2006

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2011.

Teaching and Research 

Professor Ciuk received his Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University.  His scholarship centers on the formation of political attitudes, their organization, and how and when they change.  His current research focuses on the role of values in political attitudes and behavior, how people balance the use of party cues and policy-relevant information when making political choices, and the role of emotion in political decision making.  To date, he has been published in Political Psychology, Political Communication, Social Science Quarterly, and several edited volumes.




Ciuk, David J.  Forthcoming.  "Americans' Value Preferences Pre- and Post-9/11."  Social Science Quarterly.

Jacoby, William G. and David J. Ciuk.  Forthcoming.  “Multidimensional Scaling: An Introduction.” In The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Psychometric Testing, eds. Paul Irwing, Tom Booth and David Hughes.  Wiley-Blackwell.

Ciuk, David  J. and Berwood A. Yost.  2016.  "The Effects of Issue Salience, Elite Influence, and Policy Content on Public Opinion."  Political Communication 33: 328-345.  

Ciuk, David J. and William G. Jacoby.  2015.  "Checking for Systematic Value Preferences Using the Method of Triads."  Political Psychology 36: 709-728.  

 Lonsdorf, Elizabeth V., A. Catherine Markham, Matthew R. Heintz, Karen E. Anderson, David J. Ciuk, Jane Goodall, and Carson M. Murray.  2014.  “Sex Differences in Wild Chimpanzee Infant Development.”  PLOS ONE .  

 Ciuk, David J. and Kurt Pyle.  2011.  “Hierarchical Models; Resampling Methods; Social and Political Cognition.”  In Encyclopedia of Political Science, eds. George Thomas Kurien, James E. Alt, Simone Chambers, Geoffrey Garrett, Margaret Levi, Paula D. McClain.  Washington DC: CQ Press.  (Three entries)

 Ciuk, David J., William G. Jacoby and Kurt Pyle.  2011.  “Measurement.”  In Encyclopedia of Political Science, eds. George Thomas Kurien, James E. Alt, Simone Chambers, Geoffrey Garrett, Margaret Levi, Paula D. McClain. Washington DC: CQ Press.