Kristin K Lunz Trujillo

I'm a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Carleton College and a PhD candidate with a minor in political psychology at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Currently I am on the academic job market. In my dissertation I argue that when it comes to political attitudes and voting behavior in the U.S., rural does not equal the white working class despite a tendency for academics and popular culture to suggest otherwise. This argument is based on underutilized approaches to the question of what drives the urban-rural divide in American political behavior; I employ theories of group behavior from a political psychology perspective as well as national level quantitative data - including original survey data and experiments - in contrast to other groundbreaking works on rural attitudes in the U.S. Instead, I argue that rural attitudes and recent voting behavior are based on a combination of community-level economic decline and psychological attachment to place. Contrary to other accounts of the decline of rural America, individual-level indicators of class such as education level or income level determine political attitudes for non-rural areas and not for rural areas. I also have a body of published work and working papers on health misinformation endorsement and correction in journals such as Political Research Quarterly and Social Science & Medicine.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: Political Science, University of Minnesota, 2019.
  • B.A.: Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 2012.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Rural political behavior
  • Political, science, and health communication
  • Political psychology
  • Public opinion
Courses Taught
  • POSC 122: Introduction to American Politics (Carleton College - Fall 2020 and Winter 2021)
  • POL 3766: Political Psychology of Mass Behavior (University of Minnesota - Spring 2020)
  • POL 3477: Political Economy of Development (University of Minnesota - Summer 2020)
  • Art and Media Under European Regimes (at la Universidad Del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile - 2013)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science: Carleton College (Northfield, MN) , 9/1/2020 - 8/31/2021
  • Lunz Trujillo, K., Motta, M., Callaghan, T., & Sylvester, S. "Correcting Misinformation Endorsement about the MMR Vaccine: Identifying Psychological Risk Factors and Effective Communication Strategies." Political Research Quarterly, DOI:
  • Callaghan, Timothy, Matthew Motta, Steven Sylvester, Kristin Lunz Trujillo, & Christine Blackburn. 2019. “Better Safe Than Sorry: Understanding the Influence of Psychological Factors on the Decisions of Parents to Delay Childhood Vaccination.” Social Science & Medicine, 238: 112407.