Joanne M Miller
1354 Social Science Building
267 19th Ave S
My research addresses two questions: “Why do people choose to support one candidate or issue over another?” and “Why do people choose to become politically active (by voting, volunteering for a candidate, contributing money to a candidate or political organization, signing a petition, or the like)?
My first research program explores the direct and indirect effects of the media on citizens’ political attitudes. My second research program examines the impact of psychological motivations on citizens’ decisions to become politically active. I apply theories from political science, psychology, and mass communication and use multiple research methods to illuminate the processes by which citizens become politically engaged.