I passed my comprehensive exams in American politics and comprehensive politics, although my primary research focus is in political behavior and media effects. I specialize in understanding how dramatic media – like films and episodic shows – affect individual political attitudes and public opinion. My work is therefore interdisciplinary, pulling from other social science fields such as communication, psychology, and sociology.
I have had the opportunity to use and hone several research “tools” in my time at GSU. Some of the most important to my own research include:
- Content Analysis
- Survey Writing (using Qualtrics)
- Experiment Design
- Data Analysis (using STATA and R)
There are many theories in the fields I study; however, there are several key theories, concepts, and models that have proven most helpful in my work. These include:
- Framing Effects
- Social Contact Hypothesis
- Cultivation Theory
- Saturation Theory/Drench Effects
- Elaboration Likelihood Model
- Deictic Shift Theory
- R-A-S Model
New outlooks and suggestions are always welcome. Feel free to post a helpful article or comment!