Gregory Saxton

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Research Assistant
  • Political Science
1606 Patterson Office Tower
Other Affiliations:
  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • Southern Political Science Association
Research Interests:
Office Hours (Summer 2017): By appointment

PhD in Political Science, University of Kentucky (in progress)
Master of Arts in Political Science, University of Cincinnati (2014)
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Honors), University of Cincinnati (2012)


Gregory Saxton is Ph.D. candidate and research/teaching assistant in the political science department.  He teaches PS210: Introduction to Comparative Politics and PS372: Introduction to Political Analysis. Gregory's research investigates the impact of economic inequality on political support and representation.  It asks: Who gets meaningful representation in a context of inequality; What policies do blue-collar and white-collar politicians enact in office to address inequality; and finally, How do inequality and working class representation shape citizens' evaluations of democracy and the political system.  To answer these questions, he relies on a mixed-methods approach that combines large-N cross-national survey data, experimental data, and qualitative data from open-ended surveys and elite interviews.

In a current working paper, Gregory uses public opinion data from 18 Latin American countries to show that people are less satisfied with democracy when they perceive their country's income distribution to be unfair.

Gregory's research also investigates how the presence of fair government procedures - such as government control of corruption - shapes citizens' perceptions of inequality and subsequent evaluations of political support.  In a paper recently published at Governance, Gregory and co-authors Tiffany D. Barnes and Emily Beaulieu show that people believe hiring more female police officers will help reduce police corruption, and that stereotypes about women's outsider status and risk-aversion drive these perceptions. You can download a copy of their article, "Restoring Trust in the Police: Why Female Officers Reduce Suspicions of Corruption" here.

In a final set of working papers, Gregory, along with Tiffany D. Barnes, investigates how the presence of working class politicians in office affects citizens' feelings about representation.  In particular, they find that citizens are more satisfied with the representation they receive from political parties and legislatures when a greater percentage of legislators come from from blue-collar, working class backgrounds.  Gregory and Dr. Barnes are also working on a series of survey experiments that investigate how blue-collar politicians and pro-working class policies affect citizens' satisfaction with representation.

Before coming to the University of Kentucky, Gregory completed his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Cincinnati.  His M.A. research focused on the political and social consequences of austerity policies in the European Union. For more information on Gregory's research and teaching interests, please visit his personal webpage.

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