Nathan Micatka

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Teaching Assistant
Doctoral Candidate
367 SH

Research Areas

American Politics
Public Policy
Political Methodology


Nathan is a PhD Candidate in political science studying American politics and political methodology. His research focuses on political behavior, policy feedback, political socialization, and public policy. Specifically, Nathan studies how experiences with public policies shape people’s political attitudes and engagement with politics. He is also interested in the consequences this has for democratic politics. His dissertation looks at whether experiences with policies during adolescence have long-term effects on people’s political behavior. Nathan is interested in welfare policy, health policy, and criminal justice policy. His research also looks at how context like where someone lives and individual demographics like race and gender influence the long-term effects of policy. Nathan is currently studying how growing up in a household that participates in welfare programs affects an individual’s partisanship later in life.


The University of Southern California, MA in Political Science, 2020
The University of Iowa, BA in Political Science & Ethics and Public Policy, 2018


Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Fall Fellowship, 2022

Graduate College Summer Fellowship, 2022

Best Graduate Student Seminar Paper Award, 2021


“Socializing Policy Feedback: The Long-term Effects of Welfare Program Participation in Adolescence,” Midwest Political Science Association Conference, 2022