Nicholas P. and William K. Delehanty (2018) “(Im)Morality in Political Discourse? The Effects of Moral Psychology in Politics.” In Moral Psychology: A Multidisciplinary Guide. Eds. Benjamin G. Voyer and Tor Tarantola. Springer International. ISBN: 978-3-319-61849-4. (DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-61849-4)

Arena, Phil, and Nicholas P. Nicoletti. (2014). “Selectorate Theory, the Democratic Peace, and Public Goods Provision.” International Theory. 6(3): 391-416. Also, you can read the article here.

Nicoletti, Nicholas P. (2014, 2019) “Introduction to Stata: Getting Started with Stata Programming“. Published in: Economics 306: Introduction to Economics. Boston, MA. Pearson.

Current Working Papers/Projects

Nicoletti, Nicholas P. (2020). “Moral Imperative? The Influence of Moral Psychology and Elite Cues on COVID-19 Preventative Measures.”

Nicoletti, Nicholas P., et al., (2020). “Experiencing COVID-19: A Qualitative Analysis of Student Obstacles During a Pandemic.”

Nicoletti, Nicholas P. (2018). “Amassing a New Cyber-Conflict Dataset: 2000 – Present.” This is an ongoing project where cyber-attacks are collected using an approach similar to that of the Correlates of War (COW) Project.

Nicoletti, Nicholas P., and William Delehanty. (2018) “Morally Convicted Attitudes and Partisanship: Does Political Party Matter?” Presented at the 2019 Southern Political Science Association

Nicoletti, Nicholas P., and William K. Delehanty. (2017). “Measuring Moral Conviction: Lessons from Experimental Evidence.” Presented at the 2018 Southern Political Science Association.

Nicoletti, Nicholas P., and William K. Delehanty. (2017). “When the Message is Moralized Elite Cues and Moral Framing.” Presented at the 2017 Southern Political Science Association and Midwest Political Science Association Conferences.

Nicoletti, Nicholas P. (2016). “Establishing the Value of Mock Trial Participation.” Commissioned by the American Mock Trial Association.

Nicoletti, Nicholas P. (2015). “The Rally ‘Round the Flag Effect vs. The Democratic Peace.” Presented at the 2015 Southern Political Science Association and Midwest Political Science Association Conferences.

Nicoletti, Nicholas P. (2014). “PoliticizingWar Democracy, Information, and Public Opinion on War.” Presented at the 2013 Southern Political Science Association and Midwest Political Science Association Conferences.

Empowering U

In conjunction with many authors, I helped to write the Empowering U Training Manual. In addition to having significant input on all chapters, I wrote Chapter Five: Measuring Progress: Assessing Empowering U, in its entirety. Please also see my blog post on Empowering U here. In addition, I have written scripts for various training videos regarding Empowering U.

I also conduct yearly Empowering U research and evaluation projects. These include:

  • The annual Empowering U One Question Affective Survey, conducted in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. This survey is based on the Felling Thermometer question in social science and psychometric research.
  • The annual comprehensive workplace engagement survey using the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES) and an original set of correlates, conducted in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.
  • An ongoing research project testing hypotheses related to the Empowering U program.


Politicizing War: Information, Democracy, and Public Opinion


I present a formal theory of how citizens formulate their beliefs about conflict and the reelection of the incumbent during wartime elections. Belief formation is modeled as a function of two distinct signals. The first signal varies on its degree of accuracy regarding the overall success of the war campaign. We can think of this signal as actors within the media that receive a noisy signal from Nature regarding the state of the war. The second signal denotes a biased political actor seeking election, which also places some importance on the national interest. The electorate has incomplete information over the opposition’s value for the national interest and the accuracy of the Media’s signal. The model suggests the existence of equilibria where biased signals are dominant. A primary finding is a possibility that citizens choose to elect the opposition party, which subsequently ends a successful war campaign. I am currently designing a series of experiments to test the predictions from the theory.

LaTeX Dissertation Template

Penn State offers a fantastic thesis/dissertation LaTeX template here. I have taken this resource and adapted it to the University at Buffalo, SUNY Guidelines for Electronic Thesis / Dissertation Preparation and Submission. The update includes a rearranged title page to match UB’s guidelines, the addition of a copyright page (if desired), and a slight font change. You can download my .zip adapted package here. It contains some example text and the title page is for my dissertation but you can simply just insert your own text. I hope this is helpful! Feel free to ask questions about the code, but the .zip file is offered free with absolutely no warranty or customer service. I recommend this code only if you are an advanced LaTeX user.

The European Union and World Politics

The University at Buffalo (SUNY), Buffalo State College, and The Institute for European Union Studies at SUNY (IEUSS) were proud to present the first annual European Union and World Politics international graduate student conference.

This IEUSS sponsored interdisciplinary event took place on October 5-6, 2012. It was held between the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College campuses within the greater Buffalo-Niagara region. The conference was open to all relevant disciplines and sub-disciplines including political science, international law, European law, international political economy, economics, policy sciences, international studies, and history. This conference was positioned at a seminal time to study Europe’s role in world affairs.

You can order a copy of all the papers presented at the conference from the following published volume.