Pavel Bacovsky

Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics



Pettengill Hall, Room 171


Pavel studies the impact of new technologies on political behavior in developed democracies. He focuses on understanding the development of political attitudes among children and adolescents, especially those who frequently consume online media and digital entertainment. He is also interested in various topics in political psychology and the nexus of politics and leisure activities. He teaches courses in American and comparative politics, and research methods. Pavel earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado Boulder. Outside of academia, Pavel is an avid cyclist, an explorer of fantastic universes, a keen follower of sports (especially ice hockey, soccer, and Formula 1), and he absolutely wants to pet your dog.


  • Fitzgerald, Jennifer L., and Pavel Bacovsky. Forthcoming. Young Citizens’ Party Support: The ‘When’ and ‘Who’ of Political Influence within Families.” Political Studies, XX(X), X-XX.
  • Bacovsky, Pavel, and Jennifer L. Fitzgerald. 2021. “Raising a Politically Engaged Generation: When Parental Influence Matters Most.” Youth & Society.
  • Bacovsky, Pavel. 2021. “From Xbox to the Ballot Box: The Effects of Video Games on Political Behavior.” Journal of Information Technology & Politics.
  • Bacovsky, Pavel, Katie Runge, and Anand E. Sokhey. 2021. “Social Networks, Mass Publics, and Democratic Politics.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Ed. Sandy Maisel. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Bacovsky, Pavel. 2020. “Gaming alone: Videogaming and sociopolitical attitudes.” New Media & Society, 23(5), 1133-1156.
  • Bacovsky, Pavel. 2018. “The Power of Connections: The Study of Influence of Electoral Systems on Economic Development in Japan and South Korea.” Politologický časopis-Czech Journal of Political Science, 25(2), 93-111.