Neil Malhotra

Neil Malhotra
Professor, Political Economy
Contact Info
Professor of Political Science (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences
Susan Ford Dorsey Faculty Fellow for 2020–2021
Academic Area: 
Political Economy

Additional Administrative Titles

Louise & Claude Rosenberg Jr. Director, Center for Social Innovation


Neil Malhotra is the Edith M. Cornell Professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Political Science. He serves as the Louise and Claude N. Rosenberg, Jr. Director of the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford GSB.

He has authored over 60 articles on numerous topics including American politics, political behavior, and survey methodology. His research has been published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among other outlets. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Public Opinion Quarterly and the Journal of Experimental Political Science.

He received his MA and PhD in political science from Stanford University, where he was the Melvin & Joan Lane Stanford Graduate Fellow. He received a BA in economics from Yale University.

Academic Degrees

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

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2008

Professional Experience

  • Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation

Awards and Honors

  • Susan Ford Dorsey Faculty Fellow for 2019–2020
  • Susan Ford Dorsey Faculty Fellow for 2016–2017
  • Philip F. Maritz Faculty Scholar, Stanford GSB, 2013–2014
  • Jewell-Loewenberg Award for the Best Article in Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Political Science Association
  • Invited Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences


Journal Articles

David Broockman, Neil Malhotra. Public Opinion Quarterly. April 2020, Vol. 84, Issue 1, Pages 104–118.
Gregg Sparkman, Elizabeth Weitz, Thomas N. Robinson, Neil Malhotra, Gregory M. Walton. Sustainability. March 2020, Vol. 12, Issue 6, Pages 2453.
Steven Liao, Neil Malhotra, Benjamin J. Newman. Nature of Human Behavior. February 2020.
Gabor Simonovits, Neil Malhotra, Raymond Ye Lee, Andrew Healy. Political Behavior (early access). October 15, 2019, Pages 1-14.
Christian Fong, Neil Malhotra, Yotam Margalit. Political Science & Politics. July 2019, Vol. 52, Issue 3, Pages 451-456.
Neil Malhotra, Benoît Monin, Michael Tomz. American Political Science Review. February 2019, Vol. 113, Issue 1, Pages 19–37.
Benjamin J. Newman, Neil Malhotra. The Journal of Politics. January 2019, Vol. 81, Issue 1.
David Broockman, Gregory Ferenstein, Neil Malhotra. American Journal of Political Science. January 2019, Vol. 63, Issue 1, Pages 212-233.
Christopher McConnell, Yotam Margalit, Neil Malhotra, Matthew Levendusky. American Journal of Political Science. January 2018, Vol. 62, Issue 1, Pages 5-18.
Jon A. Krosnick, Neil Malhotra, Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, Eduardo F. Bruera, LinChiat Chang, Josh Pasek, Randall K. Thomas. PLoS ONE. August 14, 2017, Vol. 12, Issue 8.
Neil Malhotra, Christopher McConnell, Yotam Margalit, Matthew Levendusky. Harvard Business Review. May 19, 2017, Pages 2-4.
Neil Malhotra, Gregory Huber. The Journal of Politics. January 2017, Vol. 79, Issue 1, Pages 269-283.
Neil Malhotra, Alexander Kuo, Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. The Journal of Politics. January 2017, Vol. 79, Issue 1, Pages 17-32.
C. Christine Fair, Patrick M. Kuhn, Neil Malhotra, Jacob N. Shapiro. Quarterly Journal of Political Science. 2017, Vol. 12, Issue 1, Pages 99-141.
Neil Malhotra, Matthew S. Levendusky. Public Opinion Quarterly . April 29, 2016, Vol. 80, Pages 378-391.
Neil Malhotra, Yotam Margalit. Journal of Politics. October 2014, Vol. 76, Issue 4, Pages 1000–1016.
Christian R. Grose, Neil Malhotra, Robert Parks Van Houweling. American Journal of Political Science. September 2014, Vol. 00, Issue 0, Pages 1 – 20.
Neil Malhotra. American Journal of Political Science. 2013.
Neil Malhotra. American Journal of Political Science. 2011.
Neil Malhotra. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2010.
Andrew Healy, Neil Malhotra. American Political Science Review. July 2009, Vol. 103, Issue 3, Pages 387-406.
Neil Malhotra, Alexander G. Kuo. The Journal of Politics. 2008, Vol. 70, Issue 1, Pages 120-135.
Jowei Chen, Neil Malhotra. American Political Science Review. 2007, Vol. 101, Issue 4, Pages 657-676.

Other Publications

Bernadette Clavier, Neil Malhotra. Stanford Social Innovation Review. Stanford University, November 1, 2017.


Degree Courses


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Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

Stanford Case Studies

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Ken Shotts, Neil Malhotra, Sheila Melvin2018
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Ken Shotts, Neil Malhotra, Sheila Melvin2018

Stanford University Affiliations

Stanford GSB

Service to the Profession


  • American Political Science Association, 2004-2009

In the Media

The New York Times, July 9, 2020
This article highlights research coauthored by faculty member Neil Malhotra on how public opinion aligns with 2020 Supreme Court case decisions.
The New York Times, September 6, 2017
Discovery News, April 15, 2016
Washington Post, March 12, 2014
Writing in the Washington Post, two political scientists explore how media coverage of political polarization shapes public opinion.
Politico, December 22, 2013
Writing in Politico, Andrew Healy and Stanford GSB's Neil Malhotra say "gender of children can have powerful consequences for a family's political attitudes."

Insights by Stanford Business

February 2, 2021
There are risks to the bottom line when a firm’s shadowy political donations run counter to its image of social responsibility.
November 19, 2020
We’ve gathered together the most memorable articles, interviews, podcasts, and videos from a year of world-changing events.
October 21, 2020
Stanford researchers measure the depth of our partisan divide — and suggest some ways to bridge it.
October 21, 2020
Stanford researchers study the various tactics that politicians use to get voters on their side, from “moral reframing” to two-faced deception.
October 14, 2020
Big-money donors, both Democrat and Republican, not only have more political influence than the average voter, they also have more extreme beliefs.
August 13, 2020
Stanford researchers use the concept of “dynamic norms” to persuade diners to eat less meat.
June 10, 2020
Tech industry millionaires are moving the Democratic Party to the left on almost every issue except government regulation. Unions beware.
March 31, 2020
Communities look more favorably on immigrants when investments help boost the local economy.
December 9, 2019
Hear career advice from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella or learn how to build your startup team.
December 6, 2019
Communication mistakes, job-stealing robots, and career-gap explanations captured reader attention this year.
September 13, 2019
They’re an influential group that’s hard to pin down politically — until now. Meet the Liberaltarians.
April 24, 2019
Companies that try to fix problems on their own may sidestep more onerous regulations in the future.
January 11, 2019
Stanford political scientists explain why populist messages emerged in contemporary politics and how they spurred larger political movements.
December 3, 2018
Seven Stanford business professors recommend their favorite books.
October 18, 2018
Good intentions and gut instinct won’t take you far enough, say two Stanford GSB professors.
May 7, 2018
A Stanford study hints at the broad consequences of political polarization.
December 5, 2017
15 Stanford business professors recommend books for those long winter nights.
August 23, 2017
A Stanford study finds that people understand smoking can lead to deadly diseases like lung cancer, but many underestimate those risks.
March 8, 2016
Digital tools bring privacy challenges to social enterprises.
February 8, 2016
Four Stanford GSB professors show how our elected officials win over voters.
December 19, 2015
Explore Stanford Business stories from 2015, including pieces on technology, finance, and work-life balance.
November 2, 2015
Immigrant resentment has built among Americans who feel left behind.
August 13, 2015
How do you code ethics into autonomous automobiles? And who is responsible when things go awry?
March 31, 2015
A Stanford professor of political economy dissects an elemental political instinct.
March 17, 2015
A political economist looks at the relationship between public opinion and the high court.
September 8, 2014
A study shows that political identity often trumps a voter’s desire for compromise.
April 7, 2014
New research shows that when it comes to dating and marriage, race still matters.
September 30, 2013
A new study explores the evidence behind the idea that people oppose immigration because they fear losing their job.
July 23, 2013
Research suggests that childhood inexperience with household chores may help shape political views.
February 13, 2013
New research reveals that political affiliation rivals education level as one of the most important factors in identifying a potential mate.
October 30, 2012
Research shows that President Obama may get a bump in the polls from Hurricane Sandy.
October 30, 2012
New research says polling data helps voters get the information they need to make decisions.
February 16, 2012
A study of the film industry examines discrepancies between estimated and actual box office performance.
July 1, 2010
Research shows how voting decisions can be influenced by otherwise irrelevant events, such as football scores.
February 1, 2009
A study explores how peoples' backgrounds influence their opinions of the president's plan to boost the economy.

School News

June 2, 2017
In the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election, a workshop series was launched to help students move beyond political conflict.
November 9, 2016
Rajan Patel and Ronnie Washington have been named 2016 Social Innovation Fellows, joining a select group of emerging social entrepreneurs who have received grants since 2009.