Ph.D. Political Science – University of Houston, 2022

  • Dissertation: Powerlessness and Antiestablishment Political Behavior

                        Committee Members: Scott Clifford (Advisor), Elizabeth Simas, Ling Zhu, Scott Savage

  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2021

  • Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2020

  • Lineberry Fellowship, 2017

  • Presidential Graduate Fellowship, 2017

M.A. Political Science – Stony Brook University, State University of New York, 2015

B.A. Political Science and Philosophy – William Paterson University, 2013


  • Clifford, Scott and Brian W. Sullivan (2023). “Do Survey Questions Spread Conspiracy Beliefs?” Journal of Experimental Political Science.

  • Ozer, Adam L., Brian W. Sullivan, and Douglas Scott Van (2022). “Viewed from Different Engels: Differences in Perceptions of Millennial Socialism Between Liberals and Conservatives.” Political Research Quarterly.

  • Clifford, Scott, Yongkwang Kim, and Brian W. Sullivan (2019). “An Improved Question Format for Measuring Conspiracy Beliefs.” Public Opinion Quarterly. 83(4): 690-722.

Working Papers

  • Sullivan, Brian W. “A Reinvestigation of Lacking Control, Blame, and Conspiracy Theory Beliefs.” [Manuscript development]

  • Sullivan, Brian W. “Lacking Control as Motivation for Populist Support.” [Manuscript development]

  • Sullivan, Brian W. “The Violent Tendencies of the PoliticaLLy Powerless.” [Manuscript Development]

  • Sullivan, Brian W. “Utilizing Split Matrices When Using Reversed Scored Scales to Improve Survey Reliability.” [Manuscript development]


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