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University of Minnesota
decision making, campaigns, political networks, survey methods, political psychology, threat, participation, public opinion, experimental methods
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I’m currently a PhD candidate in the Political Science department at the University of Minnesota, in the American Politics and Methodology subfields. My main focus is Political Psychology, and my research interests include decision theory, participation behavior, public opinion, and survey methodology. My dissertation focuses on how different kinds of threat affect political behavior – for instance, how the way elites talk about threat can lead to either increases or decreases in participation or political extremism.

I have taught undergraduate classes in Political Science Research Methods, Public Opinion, and Political Psychology, and am familiar with explaining political science research and statistics to a lay audience.

Recent Publications


“Gay” or “Homosexual”? The Implications of Social Category Labels for the Structure of Mass Attitudes. Brianna A. Smith, Zein Murib, Matthew Motta, Timothy H. Callaghan, and Marissa Theys. American Politics Research, 2017. Link
Covered by the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog here.

Looking for Answers: Identifying Search Behavior and Improving Knowledge-Based Data Quality in Online Surveys. Matthew P. Motta, Timothy H. Callaghan, and Brianna Smith. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 2016. Link

Chen, Philip G., Jacob Appleby, Eugene Borgida, Timothy H. Callaghan, Pierce Ekstrom, Christina E. Farhart, Elizabeth Housholder, Hannah Kim, Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz, Howard Lavine, Matthew D. Luttig, Ruchika Mohanty, Aaron Rosenthal, Geoff Sheagley, Brianna A. Smith, Joseph A. Vitriol and Allison Williams. “The Minnesota Multi-Investigator 2012 Presidential Election Panel Study.” Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy 14.1 (2014): 78-104.


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