Nathan Brophy

Nathan Brophy Graduate Students KU Political Science
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant

Contact Info

Blake 408
1541 Lilac Lane
Lawrence, KS


I most recently received my M.A. in political science from the University of Kansas where I defended my thesis “Political Institutions and Public Health: The Dynamics of COVID Policy Response.” I have a passion for international travel and my best trip was my Fulbright Research Grant to Bucharest, Romania where I studied political parties and civic engagement from 2017 to 2018. I have two pandemic cats, Moth and Bean, who keep me busy most days (at least when I’m not doing my own work). My Dad was born and raised in Michigan, and his love of Michigan sports rubbed off on me. Go Lions! (Sorry Chiefs fans!)  


B.A. in Political Science, Indiana University - Purdue University, Fort Wayne, 2017
M.A. in Political Science, University of Kansas, 2022


My current research interests lie at the intersection of public policy and comparative politics. My thesis and dissertation focus on analyzing trends in COVID-19 policy outcomes among advanced liberal democracies. Beyond my main academic fields, I am very interested in analyzing American public punitiveness on crime in the public policy and criminal justice spheres. 

Selected Publications

Forthcoming in Political Behavior: Brophy, Nathan, and Kevin Mullinix. “Partisan Motivated Empathy and Policy Attitudes.”