Vladimir E. Medenica

Vladimir E. Medenica

Assistant Professor of Political Science

University of Delaware


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science & International Relations and affiliated faculty member of the Center for Political Communication and the Program in Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of Delaware.

My research in American politics explores the dynamic relationship between social identity and systemic inequities in political participation and representaton, with a focus on how identity contributes to both deepening and overcoming social inequality. My work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, and The Forum, as well as popular outlets like The Washington Post and The Hill.

Prior to joining the University of Delaware, I was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago. I received my Ph.D. in Politics and Social Policy from Princeton University.


  • American Politics
  • Political Behavior & Public Opinion
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Politics
  • Political Psychology


  • PhD in Politics and Social Policy, 2017

    Princeton University

  • MA in Politics, 2014

    Princeton University

  • BA in Psychology & Political Science, 2012

    University of Southern California (USC)


Peer-reviewed manuscripts

  • Medenica, Vladimir E., and Matthew Fowler. Forthcoming. “The Intersectional Effects of Diverse Elections on Validated Turnout in the 2018 Midterm Elections.” Political Research Quarterly.

  • Medenica, Vladimir E., and Matthew Fowler. Forthcoming. “Candidate Preference, State Context, and Voter Turnout: Comparing Non-Voters and Voters in the 2016 Presidential Election.” The Forum.

  • Medenica, Vladimir E. 2018. “Millennials and the 2016 Election.” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics 3(1): 55-76.

Book chapters

  • Czaja, Erica, and Vladimir E. Medenica. 2019. “Race, Ethnicity, and Public Opinion” in New Directions in Public Opinion, 3rd Edition, edited by Adam Berinsky. New York, NY: Routledge.

  • Medenica, Vladimir E., Matthew Fowler, Cathy J. Cohen. 2019. “The Young and (Economically) Restless: The Nature of Work for American Millennials” in The Emerging Wealth Gap: Divergent Trajectories, Weak Balance Sheets, and Implications for Social Policy, edited by Reid Cramer. Washington, DC: New America.

Survey Reports

  • Cohen, Cathy J., Matthew Fowler, Vladimir E. Medenica, Jon Rogowski. June 2018. “Millennial Attitudes on LGBT Issues: Race, Identity, and Experience.” GenForward Survey Report.

  • Cohen, Cathy J., Matthew Fowler, Vladimir E. Medenica, Jon Rogowski. March 2018. “Millennials and Technology: An overview of usage, news consumption, the future of work, and public policy.” GenForward Survey Report.

  • Cohen, Cathy J., Matthew Fowler, Vladimir E. Medenica, Jon Rogowski. January 2018. “Who Belongs? Millennial Attitudes on Immigration.” GenForward Survey Report.

  • Cohen, Cathy J., Matthew Fowler, Vladimir E. Medenica, Jon Rogowski. October 2017. “The ‘Woke’ Generation? Millennial Attitudes on Race in the U.S.” GenForward Survey Report.

  • Cohen, Cathy J., Matthew Luttig, Vladimir E. Medenica, Jon Rogowski. August 2017. “Education in America: The Views of Millennials”. GenForward Survey Report.

Public Writing

  • Fowler, Matthew, Vladimir E. Medenica, Cathy J. Cohen. December 15, 2017. “Why 41% of white millennials voted for Trump”. The Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage.

  • Fowler, Matthew, and Vladimir E. Medenica. October 5, 2017. “This is what millennials think about the NFL protests”. The Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage.

  • Medenica, Vladimir E. August 24, 2017. “White supremacy isn’t just for old white men”. The Hill.


Latinx Politics

Fall 2020, Fall 2019

The Latinx population in the United States has attracted significant attention from politicians and pundits alike in recent years. It is estimated that 32 million Latinxs will be eligible to vote by the 2020 presidential election — making Latinxs the largest share of non-white voters in the United States. But what do we know about the politics of Latinxs? In this course, we will examine the history and contemporary role of Latinxs in the American political system with an emphasis on voting and generational change. In tracing the historical and political processes of Latinxs in the U.S., we will grapple with questions of immigration, ethnicity and identity, assimilation and incorporation, and examine the impact of Latinx voters on campaigns and elections. Although Latinxs are the primary focus of this course, we will situate Latinxs within the larger context of racial and ethnic politics in the U.S. and draw comparisons with their white, Black, and Asian American counterparts throughout the semester.

The Politics of Difference

Spring 2020

The United States is frequently described as a “melting pot” or “salad bowl” of people from diverse and varied backgrounds with differing histories, experiences, and beliefs. As the U.S. continues to diversify, these differences often conflict and intersect in meaningful ways. In this course, we will tackle questions about when, why, and to what extent group differences—particularly along lines of race/ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality—take on significance in American politics. In doing so, we will interrogate the historical and contemporary processes that create difference and differential access to resources, engage with theories of identity construction and development, and assess empirical approaches to the study of identity groups in American politics.

Public Opinion

Fall 2019

Do people hold strong opinions on issues? Where do they come from? What role, if any, do these opinions play in U.S. politics? In this course, we will grapple with these and other questions as we explore the attitudes and behavior of people in the United States as well as assess their influence on American politics and public policy. Throughout the semester, we will examine how public opinion is formed, measured, communicated, and reflected in politics and policy. In doing so, we will pay close attention to the structures and institutions thought to shape public opinion—including the media, political campaigns, and group identities like partisanship, race, and gender. By the end of the course, students will not only obtain a greater understanding of the fundamental relationship between public opinion and American politics, they will also gain the ability to critically analyze, interpret, and evaluate quantitative survey data.