Americans dislike politicians. A lot. They do not trust them personally, and at the moment don’t think they are fit to run the country. At the same time, we have witnessed several high profile figures — Ron and Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Tom Coburn, and others — who share one thing in common: they are physicians.
My next project will offer a first-of-its-kind exploration of “doctors as candidates” through a truly mixed-methods approach. It will include historical analysis, rich survey collection, and survey experiments to help answer the central question: do “doctors have a cure” for what ails American politics?
The first leg of this project is now getting off of the ground. I will be working with my former dissertation chair, James Morone, in the experimental survey.