Hans C Noel


Associate Professor


Department of Government
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Hans Noel's research is on political coalitions, political parties and ideology, with a focus on the United States. He is the author of Political Ideologies and Political Parties in America, and a co-author of The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform. He is interested in the implications for understanding parties through focusing on how their policy demands relate to coalition building and coordination. Noel blogs on political parties and related issues at Mischiefs of Faction, and occasionally at The Monkey Cage.

Noel teaches on parties, elections, political history and political methodology, and he has lectured around the world on the American political system.

Noel was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan from 2008 to 2010. Before coming to Georgetown, Noel was a fellow in the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 from UCLA. From 1994 to 1997, Noel worked for a daily newspaper in Virginia. He is the co-director/co-producer of the award-winning feature film "The Rest of Your Life."


  • Ph.D. (2006) UCLA, Political Science
  • MA (1999) UCLA, Political Science
  • BS (1994) Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism