• Visiting Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow


BA, English, University of Iowa, 2005
BA, political science, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2012
MA, political science, Northwestern University, 2016
PhD, American politics, political science, Northwestern University, 2019


Adam Howat is a visiting assistant professor of politics and postdoctoral fellow. His research focuses on the politics of identity and polarization. He is particularly interested in the ways in which people’s perceptions of groups’ characteristics and values impact intergroup political conflict and coalition building.

Howat has two current book projects: one investigating the effects of group identities, core values, and value perceptions on intergroup politics, as well as a coauthored project examining people’s mental images of Democratic and Republican Party supporters and how those stereotypes contribute to partisan polarization.

His research has been published in Political Behavior; Politics, Groups, and Identities; PS: Political Science and Politics; Social Science Quarterly; and the Journal of Political Science Education.

He teaches courses on social movements and quantitative research methods.