Brendan Nyhan, Dartmouth Political Scientist

Brendan Nyhan

Brendan Nyhan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. Previously, he received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Duke University in May 2009 and served as a RWJ Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan from 2009-2011.

Nyhan’s academic research focuses on political scandal and misperceptions about politics and health care. He also studies social networks and applied statistical methods. From 2001-2004, Nyhan, along with Ben Fritz and Bryan Keefer, edited Spinsanity, a non-artisan watchdog of political spin that was syndicated in Salon and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2004, they published All the President’s Spin, a New York Times bestseller that Amazon.com named one of the ten best political books of the year.

Previously, Nyhan was a marketing and fundraising consultant for Benetech, a Silicon Valley technology nonprofit, and Deputy Communications Director of the Bernstein for US Senate campaign in Nevada. Nyhan grew up in Mountain View, California and attended Swarthmore College.