Works in Progress
- “Social Groups and the Two-Stage Identity Priming Process”
This paper examines the roles that identity groups and interpersonal communication play in the proliferation of elite-to-public identity priming messages. Utilizing a group-based laboratory experiment, I test a novel application of the Columbia school’s two-step flow of communication, applying this theory to the transmission of identity-based policy cues.
- “‘I Want My America Back’: Fear and Anti-Government Sentiment in the Tea Party,” with Adam Howat
Our project identifies mediating beliefs along the causal pathway from emotional reactions to President Obama and support for the Tea Party. We find that anger and fear have had two related effects, which in turn act as major drivers of support for the Tea Party: increased perceptions that moral values in America have declined and that the government poses an imminent threat to personal rights and freedoms.
- “What are They Like? Stereotypes of Party Supporters,” with Ethan Busby, Adam Howat, and Richard Shafranek
Filling the gap regarding our knowledge of the stereotypes of everyday partisans, We employ a novel survey designed to measure these stereotypes in terms of general descriptors as well as five specific domains. In general, we find that (1) individuals respond to these stereotype questions in predictable ways, largely confirming popular perceptions; (2) stereotypes of the parties achieve a considerable degree of consensus, especially in domains more closely associated with politics; and (3) partisans consistently attribute more positively valenced stereotypes to their own party, and more negative ones to the opposing party. Using an experimental component on our national dataset, we find that different effects result from stereotyping along partisan and racial lines.
- “Interpersonal Discussion and Interracial Contact as Inoculation against Implicit Racial Priming,” with Tomash Dabrowski
Although prior research shows that ‘calling out’ the use of implicit racial messaging after exposure can mitigate its effects, we ask whether individuals can be ‘inoculated’ to such messaging prior to receiving the communication. We suggest that both race-focused social discussion and interracial contact that makes race salient to the participants has the potential to undermine such racial priming effects by reducing message ambiguity and raising awareness of racial cues.
- Survey of Big 10 athletes regarding sports, politics, and public opinion, with James N. Druckman and Libby Sharrow
We utilize a sample of student-athlete respondents from 12 of the 14 schools in the Big 10 athletic conference to examine a number of questions regarding topics such as Title IX, gender equality in sports, differences in efficacy and trust between university and political settings, and gender differences in injury and pain perceptions.