Nathan Micatka

Nathan Micatka is a Ph.D student in political science at the University of Southern California, and completed his undergraduate education at the University of Iowa. He studies American politics with a particular interest in policymaking and representation. More specifically, his research focuses on how public policy is designed and in turn how policies affect the behavior of voters and policymakers. Nathan’s undergraduate thesis explores the determinants of attitudes toward the Affordable Care Act using policy feedback theory and analyzing Medicaid expansion across three states. He finds that the effect subnational policy design has on political behavior and attitudes is key to understanding how individuals react to health reform. Additionally, Nathan has served as a research assistant to several political science professors during his time at Iowa as well as a telephone researcher collecting survey data for social science studies at the University of Iowa Social Science Research Center. Nathan is the USC Department of Political Science’s latest Bartling Fellowship recipient as well as a Dornsife Graduate Fellowship recipient.


Twitter: @NathanMicatka


Micatka, Nathan K. “Determinants of Attitudes toward the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.” University of Iowa Honors Thesis. (