Alon P. Kraitzman

PhD Student
Office: South Kedzie 209

Alon Kraitzman is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Michigan State University. His major research interests are public opinion, political institutions and executive politics. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Communication, and an M.A. in Political Science from Tel Aviv University. His research has been published in PS: Political Science & Politics and Presidential Studies Quarterly. In his work, he includes both cross-national and case-study analyses, with a broad geographic scope, covering Israel, the United States, European countries, as well as Australia, and Canada. His dissertation research focuses on popularity ratings of political leaders as an indicator of leaders’ ability to govern effectively and asks what explains variation in public evaluations of prime ministers. In other research projects, he examines the influence of issue salience and attribution of responsibility in public opinion, focusing on the relationships between presidential approval ratings and the economy in the United States.


Doctoral Committee

Professors Charles W. Ostrom, Jr. (chair), Eric C.C. Chang, Corwin D. Smidt, and Paul R. Abramson



Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science (expected 2017)

M.A., Political Science (cum laude), 2010

B.A., Political Science and Communication (cum laude), 2007

Recent Publications

  1. “Terror, War, and the Economy in George W. Bush’s Approval Ratings: The Importance of Salience in Presidential Approval.” 2017. Presidential Studies Quarterly, forthcoming. In collaboration with Charles W. Ostrom Jr., Brian Newman and Paul R. Abramson. Link:
  2. “Using a Gaming Site to Teach Campaign Strategies in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election.” 2014. PS: Political Science & Politics, 47(2): 502-508. In collaboration with Paul R. Abramson. Link: