Joshua A Tucker

Joshua A Tucker is Professor of Politics and (by courtesy) Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University (NYU), and an Affiliated Professor of Politics at NYU-Abu Dhabi. He is a Co-Director of the NYU Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) laboratory and a Co-Director of the NYU Center for Social and Political Behavior.

Professor Tucker specialises in comparative politics with an emphasis on mass political behaviour in East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, including elections and voting, the development of partisan attachment, public opinion formation, and mass protest, as well as the use of social media in facilitating all forms of political participation. He is the author of Regional Economic Voting: Russia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, 1990-99 (Cambridge University Press, 2006). His work has appeared in numerous academic journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, the Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, and the Annual Review of Political Science.

In 2006, he was awarded the Emerging Scholar Award for the top scholar in the field of Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behaviour within 10 years of the doctorate. He is currently the Vice-President of the Midwest Political Science Association and a Member of the Executive Board of the Association for the Study of East European and Eurasian Societies. He is also a co-author of the award winning politics and policy blog The Monkey Cage.

Human Rights

#Royalbaby: Twitter and the Royal Birth

The royal baby demonstrates again the power of Twitter to convey information to vast numbers of people instantaneously.


A breakout role for Twitter in the Taksim Square protests?

Twitter has become pivotal in the dissemination of information in Turkey since the protests began.


The US Senate at work: Defeating background checks for gun purchases

The US Senate failing to pass a gun background check amendment exposes the flaws in the electoral process.

Business & Economy

The Cyprus bank bail out: Hard to think of a more politically costly option

From a political science perspective, the Cyprus bank bailout is the worst choice it could have possibly made.

Latin America

Do academics own the titles of their articles?

What happens if someone co-opts someone else's title in academia without giving due credit?


Why some Italians should vote both for Berlusconi and Bersani coalition

The current Italian elections provide a set of incentives for voters to vote for and against the same party.


Is Santa a Democrat or a Republican?

A survey shows more people think that Santa Claus is a Democrat than a Republican.

US & Canada

Tweeting tragedy: From prayer to politics

Initial emotional responses on Twitter gave way to a call for more political responses in the wake of Newtown massacre.


The difference between campaign finance and potato chips

Tucker takes the 'Economist' to task for linking money spent on campaign finance to money spent on potato chips.


How Americans elect their president and why Ohio is so important this year

At the moment it seems very difficult for Mitt Romney to be elected president without winning Ohio, explains Tucker.


The way the wind blows: The effects of Hurricane Sandy on the US elections

Whether directly or indirectly, Hurricane Sandy is set to affect the upcoming US presidential elections.


Defining, not realigning: Romney's 47 per cent victim gaffe

Gaffes such as Romney's most recent usually have a short shelf life, although Obama should still seize the opportunity.