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Professor Jonathan Weiler is currently the director of undergraduate studies and senior lecturer of Global Studies at the UNC Chapel Hill.

In September 2016, Professor Weiler was awarded the prestigious Philip E. Converse Book Award for Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics (Cambridge: 2009), co-authored with Vanderbilt University political science professor Marc Hetherington. Dr. Weiler and Dr. Hetherington argue that ordinary Americans have become deeply politically divided as a result of growing polarization of worldviews. Diverging opinions on hot-button issues like race, illegal immigration, gay marriage, are a reflection of individuals’ psychological dispositions, specifically the degree to which authoritarianism influences their worldview. The Philip E. Converse Award is presented by the American Political Science Association to an author or authors for an outstanding book in the field of political science that is deemed to have made a lasting contribution to the field of political science. This award is named in recognition of Philip E. Converse, a professor emeritus in political science at the University of Michigan and one of the founding scholars in the systematic investigation and evaluation of American public opinion.  His article “The Nature of Belief Systems in Mass Publics” (Ideology and Discontent, edited by David E. Apter, 1964) is still considered one of the seminal works in the discipline. Previous Converse Award winners have included UNC’s own James Stimson, as well as scholars from such institutions as Princeton University, Stanford University, Ohio State University, and the University of Chicago.

Last March, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS interviewed Dr. Weiler about his expertise in authoritarianism in the United States and of its impact on the 2016 Presidential Election race, especially Trump’s candidacy. Click here to view this interview on

In 2015-2016, Professor Weiler was awarded The Global Partnership Award. The Global Partnership Award is designed to help sustain connections and partnership between UNC Chapel Hill and international institutions. The awarded grant is distributed by the Global Relations Office.

Professor Weiler is also an active contributor on the Huffington Post. He has written numerous articles on Authoritarianism in American Politics, North Carolina Politics, College Athletics, and Parenting and Divorce. Read more here:

The Tar Heel community is proud of the impressive work and awards of Dr. Weiler. We are honored to be part your success!