Neil Malhotra

Associate Professor of Political Economy

Philip F. Maritz Faculty Scholar for 2013-14

Professor Malhotra’s research interests include political behavior, legislative politics, and methodology. Among other topics, he has written on: (1) how citizens evaluate government performance; (2) attitude formation in complex information environments; (3) the relationship between legislative institutions and public finance; and (4) optimal methods for designing and analyzing surveys. He is currently writing a book on retrospective voting and government accountability.


Neil Malhotra is an Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches Ethics and Management. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Political Science. His research has been published in journals across the social sciences, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has received awards from the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, and the American Association of Public Opinion Research (Pacific Chapter).

Professor Malhotra received his PhD in Political Science from Stanford University, where he was the Melvin & Joan Lane Graduate Fellow. He also holds a BA in Economics from Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with distinction. Prior to coming to Stanford, he served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania.

Academic Degrees

PhD in Political Science, Stanford Univ., 2008; MA in Political Science, Stanford Univ., 2005; BA in Economics summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Distinction in the Major, Yale Univ., 2002.

Professional Experience

At Stanford since 2008. Stanford Graduate School of Business, Assistant Professor of Political Science (by courtesy), 2008-present.

Selected Publications

  • Assigning Blame: The Public’s Response to Hurricane Katrina: Journal of Politics, 2008
  • Completion Time and Response Order Effects in Web Surveys: Public Opinion Quarterly, 2008
  • Disentangling the Relationship between Legislative Professionalism and Government Spending: Legislative Studies Quarterly, 2008
  • The Law of k/n: The Effect of Chamber Size on Government Spending in Bicameral Legislatures: American Political Science Review, 2007
  • Citizen Competence and Democratic Accountability: Voter Responses to Natural Disaster Relief and Preparedness Spending: American Political Science Review, 2009
  • Do Statistical Reporting Standards Affect What Is Published? Publication Bias in Two Leading Political Science Journals: Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 2008

Working Papers

  • 2002: Can October Surprise? A Natural Experiment Assessing Late Campaign Effects
  • 2034: Personal Emotions and Political Decision Making: Implications for Voter Competence

Awards and Honors

  • Westview Press Award for Best Graduate Student Paper, 2007, Midwest Political Science Association
  • John Sullivan Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper, 2007, American Political Science Association
  • First Prize, Student Paper Award, 2007, Pacific Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research
  • Jewell-Loewenberg Award for the Best Article in Legislative Studies Quarterly, 2008, American Political Science Association

Courses Taught