Levi Bankston

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate: American Politics

Email: lbankston@wisc.edu

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Research Interests:

Campaigns, Elections, Political Behavior, Voter Data, Digital Media, and Political Communication


Levi Bankston is an American politics Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He broadly studies how political elites interact with voters with his recent work exploring voter data, voter contact, and social media.

Levi also serves as the communications coordinator for the Elections Research Center. He received a BA in Political Science and French and a BAMC in Political Communication from Louisiana State University in 2017.

Dissertation Title:

“Campaign Strategy in an Age of Information Abundance: Data-driven Campaigning for the U.S. House”


“The Interplay of Actors in Political Communication: The State of the Subfield.” Political Communication (2022)

“Voter Mobilization Efforts Can Depress Turnout.” Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (2021)

“The Stealth Media? Groups and Targets Behind Divisive Issue Campaigns on Facebook.” Political Communication (2018)


Kaid-Sanders Award for Best Political Communication Article, International Communication Association, 2019

Leon Epstein Prize in American and British Politics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019