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Andrew Delton

Associate Professor

PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

N-707, Social and Behavioral Sciences Building
Department of Political Science
4392 SUNY
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4392

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  • Biography


    Andrew Delton is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and the College of Business. He received his PhD in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Research


    There are two strands to Delton’s research. One strand is to discover the evolved psychology that underpins human sociality and morality. This includes research on cooperation, generosity, and emotions like anger, compassion, shame, and gratitude. He views human psychology as a series of information-processing systems, each one designed to solve a common problem faced throughout human evolution. The second strand of his research is to apply this knowledge to understand politics, including voting, partisanship, and public goods. Current work includes a forthcoming book on the politics of preventing disasters. He is also interested in how our evolved psychology gives rise to political thought, focusing on liberalism, rights, and toleration. He uses many methods to study these topics, particularly experimental economic games. 

  • Publications

    Selected Publications 

    Delton, A. W., Kane, J. V., Petersen, M. B., Robertson, T. E., & Cosmides, L. (in press). The partisan mindset and social pressure: Feeling anger and gratitude at exciters and recruits in political groups. Party Politics .

    Andrews, T. M., Delton, A. W., & Kline, R. (in press). Is a rational politics of disaster possible? Making useful decisions for others in an experimental disaster game. Political Behavior

    Del Ponte, A., Delton, A. W., & DeScioli, P. (in press). Altruism and spite in politics: How the mind makes welfare tradeoffs about political parties. Political Behavior

    Delton, A. W., DeScioli, P., & Ryan, T. J. (2020). Moral obstinacy in political negotiations. Political Psychology, 41, 3-20. 

    Andrews, T. M., Delton, A. W., & Kline, R. (2018). High-risk high-reward investments to mitigate climate change. Nature Climate Change, 8 , 890-894. 

    Delton, A. W., Petersen, M. B., & Robertson, T. E. (2018). Partisan goals, emotions, and political mobilization: The role of motivated reasoning in pressuring others to vote. Journal of Politics, 80 , 890-992.

    Del Ponte, A., Delton, A. W., Kline, R., & Seltzer, N. A. (2017). Passing it along: Experiments on creating the negative externalities of climate change. Journal of Politics, 79 , 1444-1488.

    Delton, A. W., Krasnow, M. M., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2011). The evolution of direct reciprocity under uncertainty can explain human generosity in one-shot encounters. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108 , 13335-13340.

  • Teaching


    Undergraduate: Next Offered: Fall 2021
    POL 201: Introduction to Statistical Methods in Political Science POL 504: Research Design 
    POL 504: Research Design  
    POL 610: Foundations II - Experimental Design  
    POL 625: Ecological Rationality  
    POL 678: Political Decision Making  
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