Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz

 Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz

Contact Information

304C David Kinley Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday and Thursday 2-3 pm
Assistant Professor
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Research Interests

  • American Politics
  • Political Behavior
  • Political Psychology
  • Chronobiology and Politics
  • Genetics and Politics
  • Implicit Cognitive Processes and Politics
  • Physiology and Politics

Research Description

My research expands on core theories of American politics and political psychology by integrating insights drawn from behavioral genetic, implicit social cognition, and chronobiological research. My genetic research examines the role of genes in political ideology, interest in politics, and political participation. These studies also shed light on the relationships between politics and other phenomena such as religiosity, Big Five personality traits, and cognitive styles.

My second stream of research uses methods from the study of implicit social cognition to develop new insights into a diverse set of political attributes and outcomes, including candidate traits evaluations, vote choice, political knowledge, racial attitudes, and immigration policy attitudes. These studies use multiple research designs (large-N panel studies, experiments), various measurement techniques (surveys, priming, latency-based measures), and diverse samples (student in lab, non-student by mail, online via Amazon Mechanical Turk). I have highlighted the importance of implicit research for political science as editor of a symposium in PS: Political Science and Politics.

My newest stream of research considers the intersection of chronobiology and politics. I examine how differences in sleep preferences are related to differences in political attitudes, in media consumption patterns and political knowledge, and in interest and participation in politics, among other outcomes. I am also interested in how society and the political system structure time and privilege particular temporal patterns, as well as the extent to which individuals endorse the social organization of time (chrononormativity).


  • Ph.D. Rice University, 2015
  • MA Rice University, 2011
  • MA University of Chicago, 2008
  • BA (Honours) University of Alberta, 2007

Distinctions / Awards

  • Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors (LEAP) Award, UIUC College of LAS, 2018-2020
  • Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, UIUC Department of Political Science, 2017-2018


  • PS 100 - Introduction to Political Science
  • PS 314 - Political Psychology
  • PS 328 - Introduction to Biology and Politics
  • PS 330 - Introduction to Political Behavior
  • PS 492 - Undergraduate Research Assistance
  • PS 519 - Biology and Politics

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Ksiazkiewicz, Aleksander, and Amanda Friesen The Higher Power of Religiosity over Personality on Political Ideology Political Behavior 2019.
Vitriol, Joseph, Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz, and Christina Farhart Implicit Candidate Traits in the 2016 Presidential Election: Replicating a Dual-Process Model of Candidate Evaluations Electoral Studies 54 2018, p. 261-268.
Ksiazkiewicz, Aleksander, Joseph Vitriol, and Christina Farhart Implicit Candidate-Trait Associations in Political Campaigns Political Psychology 39 1 2018, p. 177-195.
Ksiazkiewicz, Aleksander, and Robert Krueger The Role of Genes and Environments in Linking the Need to Evaluate with Political Ideology and Political Extremity Social Justice Research 30 4 2017, p. 381-407.
Ksiazkiewicz, Aleksander, Steven Ludeke, and Robert Krueger The Role of Cognitive Style in the Link between Genes and Political Ideology Political Psychology 37 6 2016, p. 761-776.
Friesen, Amanda, and Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz Do Political Attitudes and Religiosity Share a Genetic Path? Political Behavior 37 4 2015, p. 791-818.
Chen, P., et al The Minnesota Multi-Investigator 2012 Presidential Election Panel Study Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy 14 1 2014, p. 78-104.
Ksiazkiewicz, Aleksander, and James Hedrick An Introduction to Implicit Attitudes in Political Science Research PS: Political Science and Politics 46 3 2013, p. 525-531.
Ksiazkiewicz, Aleksander Implicit Political Knowledge PS: Political Science and Politics 46 3 2013, p. 553-555.

Book Contributions

Ksiazkiewicz, Aleksander, and Amanda Friesen Genes and Politics Handbook of Biology and Politics edited by S. Peterson, edited by A. Somit. Genes and Politics Edited by S. Peterson, Edited by A. Somit, Elgar Publishing 2017.

In The News

  • Congratulations to Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz for being awarded a grant from the Social and Behavioral Science Research Institute! Professor Ksiazkiewicz is part of an interdisciplinary research team led by Daniel Briley (Psychology) on the project, "Establishing an Illinois Twin Project."