I am a Lab Fellow in the American Politics Research Lab and a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. My research focuses on political psychology, political communication, race and gender, and the use of applied machine learning to aid with causal inference. My current projects examines the way that individuals process various types of politically-relevant information and how that shapes their emotions, attitudes, and behaviors about politics. My academic work is featured in Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and American Politics Research. My public-facing scholarship is featured in The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog.

Recent publications

Fahey, James J., Damon C. Roberts, and Stephen M. Utych. 2022. “Principled or Partisan? The Effect of Cancel Culture Framings on Support for Free Speech.” American Politics Research.
Roberts, Damon C., and Stephen M. Utych. 2020. “Linking Gender, Language, and Partisanship: Developing a Database of Masculine and Feminine Words.".” Political Research Quarterly 73 (1).
———. 2021. “Polarized Social Distancing: Residents of Republican-Majority Counties Spend More Time Away from Home During the COVID-19 Crisis.” Social Science Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1111/ssqu.13101.
Roberts, Damon C, and Stephen Utych. 2022. “A Delicate Hand or Two-Fisted Aggression? How Gendered Language Influences Candidate Perceptions.” American Politics Research 50 (3): 353–65.
Roberts, Damon C., and Jennifer Wolak. 2022. “Do Voters Care about the Age of Their Elected Representatives?” Political Behavior.





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