Kyle L. Saunders is Professor of Political Science at Colorado State University. Saunders also serves as the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative for the institution.

Professor Saunders' studies and interests include American politics, with particular emphases on political parties, political behavior, public opinion, elections, public policy, and research methodology.

Saunders' research can be found in some of the field's best peer-reviewed journals including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly and Comparative Political Studies, as well as in many other outlets.

Saunders' Google Scholar profile can be found here at this link: GOOGLE SCHOLAR.


Publications 2018-2023:

  • Miller, Joanne M., David A. M. Peterson, Kyle L. Saunders, Scott D. McClurg. 2023 (forthcoming). “Putting the Political in Political Interest: The Conditional Effect of Politics on Citizens’ Interest in Politics.” American Politics Research.
  • Enders, Adam, Christina Farhart, Joanne Miller, Joseph Uscinski, Kyle Saunders & Hugo Drochon. 2023 (forthcoming). “Are Republicans and Conservatives More Likely to Believe Conspiracy Theories?” Political Behavior.
  • Lyons, Benjamin A., Christina E. Farhart, Michael P. Hall, John Kotcher, Matthew Levendusky, Joanne M. Miller, Brendan Nyhan, Kaitlin T. Raimi, Jason Reifler, Kyle L. Saunders, Rasmus Skytte, and Xiaoquan Zhao. 2022. “Self-Affirmation and Identity-Driven Political Behavior.” Journal of Experimental Political Science, 9:2, pp. 225-240.
  • Peterson, David A. M., Joanne M. Miller, Kyle L. Saunders, and Scott D. McClurg. 2021. “Macrointerest.” British Journal of Political Science, 51:4, 200-220.
  • Farhart, Christina, Joanne M. Miller, and Kyle L. Saunders. 2021. “Conspiracy Stress or Relief? Learned Helplessness and Conspiracy Belief” in The Politics of Truth in a Polarized Era by Elizabeth Suhay (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hitt, Matthew P., Kyle L. Saunders, and Kevin M. Scott. 2019. “Justice Speaks, But Who's Listening? Mass Public Awareness of U.S. Supreme Court Cases.” Journal of Law and Courts, 7:1, 29-52.


  • POLS 302–Parties and Elections in the US