Mr. Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and Research Professor at its Institute for Social Research. His research clarifies how information and institutions affect policy and politics with a focus on how people make decisions when they lack information. He draws from multiple scientific and philosophical disciplines and he employs multiple research methods. Lupia’s work provides insights on voting, civic competence, legislative-bureaucratic relations, parliamentary governance, and political communication.
Lupia is a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (2006-2007) and was previously a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1999-2000). He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2003 and as a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007. Lupia has also developed new means for researchers to better serve science and society. As a founder of TESS (Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences; www.experimentcentral.org), he has helped hundreds of scientists from many disciplines run innovative experiments on opinion formation and change using nationally-representative subject pools.
As an original and regular contributor to NSF’s EITM (Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models) summer program, he has developed curricula that show young scholars how to advanced scientific methods into effective research agendas. As a Principal Investigator of the ANES (American National Election Studies), he introduced many procedural, methodological, and content innovations to one of the world's best-known scientific studies of elections.