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Dr. Constantine Boussalis
Assistant Professor, Political Science


Constantine holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (World and Comparative Politics) and a M.A. in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University as well as a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles. His research interests include environmental politics, political communication, political behavior, and computational social science. Before joining the Department of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin in 2014, Constantine served as Empirical Research Fellow at Harvard Law School from 2011.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Boussalis Constantine, Feldman Yuval, Smith Henry E, Experimental analysis of the effect of standards on compliance and performance , Regulation & Governance , 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Boussalis Constantine, Coan Travis G, Elite Polarization and Correcting Misinformation in the "Post-Truth Era" , Journal of Applied Research in Memory & Cognition , 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Alvarez Linda, Boussalis Constantine, Merolla Jennifer L, Peiffer Caryn A, Love Thy Neighbour: Social Identity and Public Support for Humanitarian Aid , Development Policy Review , 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Boussalis Constantine, Coan Travis G, Poberezhskaya Marianna, Measuring and modeling Russian newspaper coverage of climate change , Global Environmental Change , 41 , 2016, p99 - 110 Journal Article, 2016

Constantine Boussalis and Travis G. Coan, Text-mining the signals of climate change doubt, Global Environmental Change, 36, 2016, p89 - 100 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Determining aid allocation decision-making: towards a comparative sectored approach in, Handbook on the Economics of Foreign Aid, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, [Peiffer Caryn, Boussalis Constantine] Book Chapter, 2015

Identity and Public Support for North American Integration in, The Legitimacy of Regional Integration in Europe and the Americas, Springer, 2015, pp98-116 , [Boussalis, Constantine; Merolla, Jennifer; Peiffer, Caryn ] Book Chapter, 2015

Provincial Politics and the Attraction of FDI in India and China in, editor(s)Kugler, J. & Tammen, R.L. , The Performance of Nations, Rowman & Littlefield, 2012, pp211 - 228, [Kugler, T., Coan, T.G., & Boussalis, C.] Book Chapter, 2012

Boussalis, C., Nelson, H.T., & Swaminathan, S., Towards Comprehensive Malaria Planning: The Effect of Government Capacity, Health Policy, and Land Use Variables on Malaria Incidence in India, Social Science & Medicine, 75, (7), 2012, p1213 - 1221 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Political Performance as a Moderator of International Migration in, editor(s)Kugler, J. & Tammen, R.L. , The Performance of Nations, Rowman & Littlefield , 2012, pp119 - 144, [Kugler, T., Boussalis, C. & Coan, T.G.] Book Chapter, 2012

Boussalis, C. & Peiffer, C.A., Health, Need and Politics: the Determinants of Bilateral HIV/AIDS Assistance, Journal of Development Studies, 47, (12), 2011, p1798 - 1825 Journal Article, 2011

Peiffer, C.A. & Boussalis, C., Foreign assistance and the struggle against HIV/AIDS in the developing world, Journal of Development Studies, 46, (3), 2010, p556 - 573 Journal Article, 2010

Research Expertise


Much of my current work examines the various facets of climate change communication, specifically its origins and impact on public opinion and policymaking. I also focus on political communication both inside and outside formal political systems. Current related work includes investigations of political communication among religious elites in the United States, the communication strategies of the far-right in Greece, and populist language in the Italian parliament. Lastly, I am also generally interested in how political and social institutions influence prosperity, public health, and sustainable development.





Management Committee Substitute (Ireland). ISCH COST Action IS1309 -- Innovations in Climate Governance: Sources, Patterns and Effects (INOGOV)

Advisory board. "Pathways to Power: The Political Representation of Citizens of Immigrant Origin in Seven European Democracies."

Reviewed manuscripts for:Journal of Politics; World Development; Environmental Sociology; Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties

Methodological reviewer for: Harvard Business Law Review, Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review,Environmental Law Review, Human Rights Journal, Harvard International Law Journal, Journal ofLaw & Gender, Journal of Law and Public Policy, Journal of Law and Technology, Journal on Legislation,Latino Law Review, Harvard Law & Policy Review, Negotiation Law Review, Unbound: Harvard Journalof the Legal Left, Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, National Security Journal

Consultant, Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption

Awards and Honours

Principal Investigator (EUR 18,619). 'Mining for Scepticism: Automated Text Analysis and the Study of Climate Change Denial'. Trinity College Dublin Research Committee Pathfinder Programme grant awarded in May 2015 by Trinity College Dublin for 12 months. This research proposal was ranked 3rd overall out of a total of 110 university-wide applications. 2015

Principal Investigator (EUR 2,000). ''Computer-assisted recognition of climate change denial and skepticism." Trinity Research in Social Sciences (TriSS) Academic Research Fellowship 2016/17 by Trinity College Dublin for 12 months. Four out of 20 applications were selected for funding. 2017

Principal Investigator (EUR 1,500). 'Text Analysis and the Study of Climate Change Denial', Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund 2014-2015 awarded in April 2015 by Trinity College Dublin for 24 months. 2014

First Prize (EUR 300) - Approaches to the Study of Greek Society and Politics Competition, Greek Politics Specialist Group, Political Studies Association. 2015

Co-investigator (USD 30,000). Research grant awarded by the Harvard University Library Lab for monitoring and evaluating patron book usage through the use of smartphone technology. 2014


American Political Science Association

European Political Science Association

International Studies Association

Political Studies Association of Ireland