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D. Sunshine Hillygus
Professor of Political Science
Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy


Ph.D., Stanford University (2003)
M.A., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (1998)

Why Don't More Young People Vote? And What Can Be Done About That? Featuring Prof. Sunshine Hillygus' research:


Professor Hillygus has published widely on the topics of American political behavior, campaigns and elections, survey methods, public opinion, and information technology and politics.  She is co-author of Making Young Voters:  Converting Civic Attitudes into Civic Action (Cambridge University Press, 2020), The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Political Campaigns (Princeton University Press, 2008) and The Hard Count: The Social and Political Challenges of the 2000 Census (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006). She is director of the Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology ( and co-director of the Polarization Lab (