Todd L. Belt

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  • BA: Political Science and Economics, University of California, Irvine (1992)
  • MA: Political Science, University of Southern California (1996)
  • PhD: Political Science, University of Southern California (2003)

Major Areas of Interest in Political Science

American Politics, Political Psychology, Public Opinion, Political Communication, Campaigns and Elections, Voting Behavior, Political Behavior, Presidency, Congress, Environmental Politics, Public Administration

Teaching History

  • University of Southern California (1999-2000)
  • California State University, Northridge (1999-2003)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (2001)
  • California State University, Long Beach (2001-2003)
  • Whittier College (2001-2003)
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (2003-Present)


  • Haynes Foundation Fellowship (1999-2000)
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Political Science Students' Association, CSU Northridge (2003)
  • University of Hawaiʻi Frances Davis Teaching Award (2008)
  • Visiting Scholar, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea (2010)

On and Off Campus Involvement

  • Chair, Department of Political Science (2010-)
  • Chair, UH Hilo General Education Committee (2011-)
  • Member, UH Hilo Faculty Congress and Executive Committee (2011-)

Selected Publications

See Todd Belt's website for more information and article links

  • Belt, Todd L., Marion R. Just and Ann N. Crigler. 2012. “The 2008 Media Primary: Handicapping the Candidates in Newspapers, on TV, Cable and the Internet.” The International Journal of Press/Politics 17(3): 341-69.
  • Belt, Todd L. and Marion R. Just. 2008. “The Local News Story: Is Quality a Choice?” Political Communication 25(2):194-215.
  • Rosenstiel, Tom, Marion R. Just, Todd L. Belt, Walter C. Dean, Atiba Pertilla and Dante Chinni. 2007. We Interrupt this Newscast: How to Improve Local News and Win Ratings, Too. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Contact Information

Phone: (808) 932-7131