Christina E Farhart

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Affiliations

Christina Farhart is an assistant professor in Political Science at Carleton College. She completed her Ph.D. in Political Science in August 2017, in the fields of American politics and political methodology, with a minor in Political Psychology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology, as well as a Master of Arts in Political Science from Colorado State University. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Farhart worked for the National Science Foundation in the Division of Social and Economic Sciences and for the American Educational Research Association. Farhart’s research interests are anchored in political participation and civic engagement, utilizing theories from political science, psychology, and mass communication to gain greater understanding of the ways in which individuals become, stay, choose not to, or are prevented from being involved in the political realm. Her current research includes investigations into nonvoting and political disengagement, particularly learned helplessness and political disaffection. Additionally, her research agenda explores the use of alternative methodologies for the study of elections, electoral behavior and political attitudes, such as implicit candidate evaluations, as well as new, better-informed models to explain political participation and voter turnout. Further, she is working with coauthors to examine ideological motivated reasoning connected to conspiracy endorsement and the consequences of political misinformation.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Political Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2017.
  • M.A.: Political Science, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, 2014.
  • M.A.: Political Science, Colorado State University, Colorado, 2009.
  • B.A.: Political Science and Psychology, Colorado State University, Colorado, 2007.

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

  • American Politics
  • Public Opinion and Political Behavior
  • Political Psychology
  • Political Methodology
Courses Taught
  • POL 3085 Quantitative Political Science (Graduate Instructor) Summer 2016
  • POL 4315W State Governments: Laboratories of Democracy (Teaching Assistant) Spring 2016
  • POL 3310 Conspiracies, Rumors, and Misinformation (Teaching Assistant) Fall 2015
  • POL 3085 Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (Lab Instructor) Spring 2014 - Spring 2015
  • POL 3085 Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (Teaching Assistant) Spring 2014 - Spring 2015
  • POL 3739 Politics of Race, Class and Ethnicity (Teaching Assistant)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Contractor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Electronic Registration Information Center, Election Initiatives Team , October 2015 - July 2016
  • Graduate Student Coordinator: Minnesota Political Methodology Colloquium , 2014 - 2015
  • Co-Chair: Graduate Student Life Committee , 2014 - 2015
  • Student Advisor: She’s the First UMN , 2014 - 2015
  • Grants Manager: American Educational Research Association, Grants Program , January 2012 - July 2012
  • Science Assistant : National Science Foundation, Division of Social and Economic Sciences , October 2009 - January 2012

Research

  • Research Assistant for Lawrence Jacobs: Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, September 2016 - May 2017
  • Research Assistant for Joanne Miller and Howard Lavine: Department of Political Science, Spring 2016
  • Research Assistant for Doug Chapin and Lawrence Jacobs: Election Academy, Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Spring 2015 - Fall 2015
  • Research Assistant for Joanne Miller and Benjamin Bagozzi: Department of Political Science - Redesigning course materials, POL 3085, Quantitative Analysis in Political Science, Summer 2014
  • Research Assistant: Center for Civic Design, NSF Award Number NSF CNS-1301887, “EAGER: Poll Workers and Election Security” PIs Lawrence Jacobs and Doug Chapin, Fall 2013
  • Research Assistant: Writing Intensive Pilot Program, Department of Political Science, Fall 2013
  • Graduate Research: Minnesota Multi-Investigator 2012 Presidential Election Panel Study, Center for the Study of Political Psychology, Fall 2012 - Spring 2013
  • Research Assistant: Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, Brigham Young University, “Monitoring Campaign Spending and Trends in Electioneering News” Research Assistantship for Kyle Saunders and Robert Duffy at Colorado State University , Fall 2008
  • Research Assistant for Alyssa Gibbons: Psychology Department Behavioral Assessment Center, Colorado State University, Fall 2008
Publications
  • Miller, Joanne M., Kyle L. Saunders, and Christina E. Farhart. (2016). “Conspiracy Endorsement as Motivated Reasoning: The Moderating Roles of Political Knowledge and Trust.” American Journal of Political Science, 60(4): 824-244. (An earlier version of this paper was awarded the Paul Lazarsfeld Award, which recognizes the best paper on political communication selected for the previous year’s (2014) Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.)
  • Ksiazkiewicz, Aleksander, Joseph A. Vitriol, and Christina E. Farhart. (early view). “Implicit candidate trait perceptions in political campaigns.” Political Psychology. (22 FEB 2017).
  • Sheagley, Geoffrey, Phillip G. Chen, and Christina E. Farhart. (early view). “Racial Resentment,Hurricane Sandy, and the Spillover of Racial Attitudes into Evaluations of Government Organizations.” Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (8 MAR 2017)
  • 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. 2014. “The Minnesota Multi-Investigator 2012 Presidential Election Panel Study,” Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 14: 78-104.
Awards
  • Graduate Student Teaching Award - Council of Graduate Students-Minnesota Student Association, University of Minnesota, 2015
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program Fellowship (GRPP), College of Liberal Arts, 2013
  • Ueland and Wolfsberg Fellowships, Dept of Political Science, University of Minnesota, 2012 - 2013