Kyle Saunders

Contact Information

Phone: 970-491-5751



Twitter: kylelsaunders


Office: Clark C366C

Role: Faculty

Position: Associate Professor

  • American Politics (elections/parties/behavior/opinion/policy); Research Methodology/Quantitative Methods


Kyle L. Saunders is Associate Professor of Political Science at Colorado State University.

  • Professor Saunders' studies and interests include American politics, with particular emphases on political parties, political behavior, public opinion, elections, public policy, and research methodology.
  • Saunders' research can be found in some of the field's best peer-reviewed journals including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly and Comparative Political Studies, as well as in many other outlets.
  • Saunders' Google Scholar profile can be found here at this link: GOOGLE SCHOLAR.


Ph.D., Emory University, 2001


Publications 2015-present:

  • Miller, Joanne M., Kyle L. Saunders, and Christina E. Farhart. (in press). “Conspiracy Endorsement as Motivated Reasoning: The Moderating Roles of Political Knowledge and Trust.” American Journal of Political Science, available at OnlineFirst (27 NOV 2015):
  • * An earlier version of this paper was awarded the Paul Lazarsfeld Award, which recognizes the best paper on political communication presented at the previous year’s (2014) Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.
  • Miller, Joanne M. and Kyle L. Saunders. (in press). “It's Not All about Resources: Explaining (or Not) the Instability of Individual-Level Political Participation Over Time.” American Politics Research, available at OnlineFirst (8 SEP 2015):
  • Joanne M. Miller and Kyle L. Saunders. 2016. “Conspiracy Theories in the United States: More Commonplace than Ordinary.” Critical Review 28(1):127-136.
  • Megan Ruxton and Kyle L. Saunders. 2016. “The Roles of Apathy and Trust in American Elections” in Why Don't Americans Vote? Causes and Consequences by Bridgett King (ed.) New York: ABC-CLIO.

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