Donald Patrick Haider-Markel

Chair, Political Science
Primary office:
518 Blake Hall

Donald P. Haider-Markel is Professor and Chair of political science at the University of Kansas. His research and teaching is focused on the representation of interests in the policy process and the dynamics between public opinion, political behavior, and public policy. He has more than 20 years of experience in survey research, interviews, and in policy studies. He has authored or co-authored 49 refereed articles, over a dozen book chapters, and several books in a range of issue areas, including civil rights, race and inequality, religion and the culture wars, criminal justice policy, counterterrorism, and environmental policy. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Politics & Gender, Social Science Quarterly, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Demography, among other journals. His books include Out and Running: Gay and Lesbian Candidates, Elections, and Policy Representation (Georgetown University Press) Transgender Rights and Politics: Groups, Issue Framing, and Policy Adoption (University of Michigan Press), The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government (Oxford University Press), and Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship (University of Chicago Press). He has been recipient or co-recipient of grants from the EPA STAR program, the National Science Foundation, and the American Psychological Foundation. He is the recipient of a number of University-wide teaching awards, and in 2013 was awarded a University Scholarly Achievement Award at the University of Kansas.


Public policy, American politics, public opinion, civil rights, criminal justice, and counterterrorism

Teaching Interests

  • Public policy
  • American politics
  • Public opinion
  • Civil rights
  • Criminal justice
  • Counterterrorism


Public policy, American politics, public opinion, civil rights, criminal justice, and counterterrorism

Research Interests

  • Public policy
  • American politics
  • Public opinion
  • Civil rights
  • Criminal justice
  • Counterterrorism

Selected Publications

Haider-Markel, D. P., & Sylvester, S. (in press). Changing Polices/Changing Hearts and Minds: The Evolution of the LGBT Movement (B. Loomis, A. Cigler, & A. Nownes). Interest Group Politics.(9) CQ Press.

Joslyn, M., & Haider-Markel, D. P (2014). Who Knows Best? Education, Partisanship, and Contested Facts. Politics & Policy, 42(6), 919-46.

Taylor, J. Kathleen & Haider-Markel, D. P. (Eds.). (2014). Transgender Rights and Politics: Groups, Issue Framing, and Policy Adoption (J. Kathleen Taylor & D. P. Haider-Markel, Eds.). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (Ed.). (2014). Oxford Handbook of American Politics Series. Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government (D. P. Haider-Markel, Ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Epp, C., Maynard-Moody, S., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2014). Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Miles, M., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2013). Bully Pulpit or Ham Radio? Receptive Audiences and Presidential Messages. Journal of Political Science , 41, 7-33.

Haider-Markel, D., & Joslyn, M. R. (2013). Politicizing Biology: Social Movements, Parties, and the Case of Homosexuality. Social Science Journal , 50(4), 603-615.

Joslyn, M. R., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2012). The Politics of Causes: Mass Shootings and the Cases of the Virginia Tech and Tucson Tragedies. Social Science Quarterly, 92(2), 410-423.

Doan, A. E., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2010). The Role of Intersectional Stereotypes on Evaluations of Political Candidates. Politics and Gender, 6(1), 63-91.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (2010). Out and Running: Gay and Lesbian Candidates, Elections, and Policy Representation, Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (Ed.). (2009). Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions (D. P. Haider-Markel, Ed.). Washington, DC: CQ Press.

Theobald, N. A., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2009). Race, Bureaucracy, and Symbolic Representation: Interactions between Citizens and Police. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 19(2), 409-426.

Sharp, E. B., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2008). At the Invitation of the Court: Eminent Domain Reform in State Legislatures in the Wake of the Kelo Decision. Publius, 38(3), 556-575.

Haider-Markel, D. p., & Vieux, A. (2008). Gender and Conditional Support for Torture in the War on Terror. Politics & Gender, 4(1), 5-33.

Stoutenborough, J. W., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2008). Public Confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court: A New Look at the Impact of Court Decisions. The Social Science Journal, 45(1), 28-47.

Haider-Markel, D. P., & Joslyn, M. (2008). Pulpits versus Ivory Towers: Socializing Agents and Evolution Attitudes. Social Science Quarterly, 89(3), 665-83.

Haider-Markel, D. P., & Joslyn, M. (2008). Understanding Beliefs about the Origins of Homosexuality and Subsequent Support for Gay Rights: An Empirical Test of Attribution Theory. Public Opinion Quarterly, 72(2), 291-310.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (2007). Domestic Terrorism. In . (Ed.), Contemporary Issues. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Daley, D., Haider-Markel, D. P., & Whitford, A. B. (2007). Checks, Balances, and the Cost of Regulation: Evidence from the American States. Political Research Quarterly, 60(4), 696-706.

Haider-Markel, D. P., Querze, A., & Lindaman, K. (2007). Lose, Win, or Draw? A Reexamination of Direct Democracy and Minority Rights. Political Research Quarterly, 60(2), 304-314.

Haider-Markel, D. P., Delehanty, W., & Beverlin, M. (2007). Media Framing and Racial Attitudes in the Aftermath of Katrina. Policy Studies Journal, 35(4), 587-605.

Haider-Markel, D. Paul (2007). Representation and Backlash: The Positive and Negative Influence of Descriptive Representation. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 32(1), 107-134.

Joslyn, M., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2007). Self Versus Sociotropic Concerns and Support for Counterterrorism Policies. Social Science Quarterly, 88(2), 306-319.

Haider-Markel, D. P., & Carr, C. (2007). The Political Fallout of Taking a Stand: The President, Congress, and the Schiavo Case. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 37(3), 449-467.

Allen, M. D., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2006). Connecting Supreme Court Decisions, Media Coverage, and Public Opinion: The Case of Lawrence vs. Texas. The American Review of Politics, 27, 209-230.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (2006). Acting as Fire Alarms with Law Enforcement? Interest Groups and Bureaucratic Activity on Hate Crime. American Politics Research, 34(1), 95-130.

Haider-Markel, D. P., Joslyn, M., & Al-Baghal, M. Tarek (2006). Can We Frame the Terrorist Threat? Issue Frames, the Perception of Threat, and Opinions on Counter-terrorism Policies. Terrorism and Political Violence, 18(4), 545-559.

Stoutenborough, J. W., Haider-Markel, D. P., & Allen, M. D. (2006). Reassessing the Impact of Supreme Court Decisions on Public Opinion: Gay Civil Rights Cases. Political Research Quarterly, 59(3), 419-433.

Joslyn, M., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2006). Should We Really 'Kill' the Messenger: Framing Physician Assisted Suicide and the Ambiguous Role of Messengers. Political Communication, 23(1), 85-103.

Haider-Markel, D. P., Allen, M. D., & Johansen, M. (2006). Understanding Variations in Media Coverage of U.S. Supreme Court Decisions: Comparing Media Outlets in their Coverage of Lawrence vs. Texas. Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, 11(2), 64-85.

Chamberlain, R., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2005). 'Lien on Me': State Policy Innovation in Response to Paper Terrorism. Political Research Quarterly, 58(3), 449-460.

Haider-Markel, D. P., & Joslyn, M. (2005). Attributions and the Regulation of Marriage: Considering the Parallels between Race and Homosexuality. PS: Political Science and Politics, 38(2), 233-240.

Haider-Markel, D. P., & Joslyn, M. (2004). Just How Important is the Messenger versus the Message? The Case of Framing Physician-Assisted Suicide. Death Studies, 28(3), 243-262.

Allen, M. D., Pettus, C., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2004). Making the National Local: Specifying the Conditions for National Government Influence on State Policymaking. State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 4(3), 318-344.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (2004). Perception and Misperception in Urban Criminal Justice Policy: The Case of Hate Crime. Urban Affairs Review, 39(4), 491-512.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (2004). Media Coverage of Lawrence vs. Texas: An Analysis of Content, Tone, and Frames in National and Local News Reporting. New York: The GLAAD Center for the Study of Media and Society.

Roh, J., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2003). All Politics is Not Local: National Forces in State Abortion Initiatives. Social Science Quarterly, 84(1), 15-31.

Haider-Markel, D. P., & Meier, K. J. (2003). Legislative Victory, Electoral Uncertainty: Explaining Outcomes in the Battles over Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights. Review of Policy Research, 20(4), 671-690.

Smith, R. A., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2002). Gay and Lesbian Americans and Political Participation, Denver, CO: ABC-CLIO Publishers.

Joslyn, M., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2002). Examining Framing Effects on Personal Opinion and Perception of Public Opinion: The Cases of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Social Security. Social Science Quarterly, 83(3), 690-706.

Lindaman, K., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2002). Issue Evolution, Political Parties, and the Culture Wars. Political Research Quarterly, 55(1), 91-110.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (2002). Regulating Hate: State and Local Influences on Law Enforcement Actions Related to Hate Crime. State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 2(2), 126-160.

Haider-Markel, D. P., & Joslyn, M. R. (2001). Gun Policy, Opinion, Tragedy, and Blame Attribution: The Conditional Influence of Issue Frames. The Journal of Politics, 63(2), 520-543.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (2001). Implementing Controversial Policy: Results from a National Survey of Law Enforcement Department Activity on Hate Crime. Justice Research and Policy, 3(1), 29-61.

Haider-Markel, D. Paul (2001). Policy Diffusion as a Geographical Expansion of the Scope of Political Conflict: Same-Sex Marriage Bans in the 1990s. State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 1(1), 5-26.

Jeon, Y., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2001). Tracing Issue Definition and Policy Change: An Analysis of Disability Issue Images and Policy Response. Policy Studies Journal, 29(2), 215-231.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (2001). Shopping for Favorable Venues in the States: Institutional Influences on Legislative Outcomes of Same-sex Marriage Bills. The American Review of Politics, 22, 27-54.

Joslyn, M. R., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (2000). Guns in the Ballot Box: Information, Groups, and Opinion in Ballot Initiative Campaigns. American Politics Quarterly, 28(3), 355-78.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (2000). Minority Group Interests and Political Representation: Gay Elected Officials in the Policy Process. The Journal of Politics, 62(2), 568-77.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (1999). Morality Policy and Individual-Level Political Behavior: The Case of Legislative Voting on Lesbian and Gay Issues. Policy Studies Journal, 27(4), 735-49.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (1999). Redistributing Values in Congress: Interest Group Influence under Sub-Optimal Conditions. Political Research Quarterly, 52(1), 113-44.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (1999). AIDS and Gay Civil Rights: Politics and Policy at the Ballot Box. The American Review of Politics, 20, 349-75.

O'Brien, S. P., & Haider-Markel, D. P. (1998). Fueling the Fire: Social and Political Correlates of Citizen Militia Activity. Social Science Quarterly, 79(2), 456-65.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (1998). The Politics of Social Regulatory Policy: State and Federal Hate Crime Policy and Implementation Effort. Political Research Quarterly, 51(1), 69-88.

Haider-Markel, D. P., & O'Brien, S. P. (1997). Creating a 'Well-Regulated Militia': Policy Responses to Paramilitary Groups in the American States. Political Research Quarterly, 50(3), 551-565.

Haider-Markel, D. P. (1997). Interest Group Survival: Shared Interests versus Competition for Resources. The Journal of Politics, 59(3), 903-12.

Meier, K. J., Haider-Markel, D. P., Stanislawski, A. J., & McFarlane, D. R. (1996). The Impact of Post-Webster Restrictions on Abortion. Demography, 33(3), 307-312.

Haider-Markel, D. P., & Meier, K. J. (1996). The Politics of Gay and Lesbian Rights: Expanding the Scope of the Conflict. The Journal of Politics, 58(2), 332-49.

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