Political Science

Paul Testa

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Rm 339/Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs - 111 Thayer Street
Areas of Expertise Methods


Paul Testa is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brown University. His research focuses on applying principles of designed-based inference to the study of the politics of race and criminal justice system. Specifically, his work examines how interactions with institutions of criminal justice shape political behavior and how citizens more broadly form opinions about what is just and fair. He has published in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Political Research Quarterly. He teaches courses in applied quantitative research at the graduate (POLS 2580, POLS 2590) and undergraduate level (POLS 1600). He is a fellow with The Policy Lab at Brown University where he helps integrate insights from behavioral science to the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policies, and an affiliate with Taubman Center for American Politics where he is a member of the Center's Poll Advisory Board.