Nathan finished his Ph.D. in American politics at the University of Michigan last year. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scientist at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. His work on communication effects, measurement innovation, and aggression has been accepted for publication at Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, and Political Behavior.
His award-winning dissertation investigates how metaphors in campaign messages interact with audience personality traits to influence political behavior, focusing on violent metaphors and trait aggression. These two factors combine to shape electoral participation, vote choice, and violent attitudes. This work utilizes two national survey experiments, content analysis of presidential campaigns since 1932, and fifty years of ANES survey analysis.
Other projects include a book reappraising ideological identification (with Don Kinder), flag imagery effects on vote choice (with Kim Gross), and intergroup aggression experiments in Israel and India (with Josh Gubler).