Cristian Robert Cortez

Cristian Robert Cortez

Research Interest


Cristian Cortez is a graduate student in the Political Science M.A program, specializing in American Politics. 

His interests focus on the psychological, cultural, and moral divisions in the American electorate, specifically how the fundamental differences in belief systems contribute to political polarization, self-identification, cooperation, and political engagement. He is inspired by a belief in outcome-driven communication as a tool to mediate social and political conflicts.

Prior to studying at Columbia, Mr. Cortez earned his B.A in Psychology & Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. There, he completed UCI’s “Campuswide Honors Program” as a UC Regents Scholar, was awarded an Exceptional Achievement in Undergraduate Research Award, minored in Criminology, and dabbled (lightly) in musical theater. He gained further research experience through summer research programs at New York University and Yale University, in addition to presenting at multiple national conferences.

Between 2018 and 2020, Mr. Cortez worked as the research coordinator and lab manager for a then-newly established applied-social psychology research lab at Brooklyn College. His experience ranged from coordinating research studies across multiple universities, to conducting educational lab meetings and maintaining research protocol with undergraduates.

He aims to apply his quantitative/analytical skills and his social-psychological/political backgrounds to management, organizational, or political consulting.