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.