Meredith Sadin

Researcher and Lecturer, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
Chapter Member: Bay Area SSN, California SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • Media & Public Opinion
  • Civic Engagement

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About Meredith

Sadin’s research focuses on political behavior, experimental methods and inequality. She explores the ways in which citizens use stereotypes about social class to form their policy preferences, select candidates, and make political decisions. Her recent experimental work examines the manner in which candidates’ social class backgrounds affect voters’ evaluations. Sadin is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


How Voters Evaluate the Class Backgrounds of Candidates

In the News

Meredith Sadin's research on whether a candidate's background influences policy positions (with Nicholas Carnes) discussed in Lynn Vavreck, "Why Joni Ernst Talked about Her Tough Upbringing," New York Times, January 20, 2015.
Meredith Sadin quoted on class in politics, "The Guy Who Fires You: What Voters Really Think about Romney's Wealth" The New Republic, February 16, 2012.


"Political Ideology, Skin Tone, and the Psychology of Candidate Evaluations" (with Amy E. Lerman and Meredith Sadin). Public Opinion Quarterly 79, no. 1 (2015): 53-90.

Examines the role of political ideology in shaping black voters’ evaluations of political candidates’ race and skin tone. Challenges simplistic notions of black preference for descriptive representation.