Kristin K Lunz Trujillo

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I'm a political science PhD candidate with a minor in political psychology. My dissertation focuses on rural attitudes and behavior in American politics, with particular emphasis on contextual factors and group identity. I have also published work on 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
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Lunz Trujillo, K. "Which Urban-Rural Divide?: Rurality Strengthens the Partisan Tendencies of Racial Groups." Under Review
  • Lunz Trujillo, K., & Motta, M. "What Explains Greater Vaccine Skepticism in Wealthier Nations?: A Study on Misinformation Accessibility across 144 Countries." Under Review
  • Callaghan, T., Motta, M., Sylvester, S., & Lunz Trujillo, K. "Even Worse than it Looks? The Prevalence and Origins of Anti-Vaccine Opinion Beyond the Anti-Vaxx Movement," Under Review