Brianna A Smith
Brianna Smith is currently a PhD candidate in the Political Science department at the University of Minnesota, in the American Politics and Methodology subfields, focusing on Political Psychology. Their broad research agenda applies psychological theories to the essential problems of public opinion: how people form attitudes, how these attitudes affect political participation, and how elite rhetoric impacts both public opinion and political behavior. Their dissertation focuses on how threat affects political behavior, attitudes, and worldview. In particular, how the framing of threat as preventable vs inevitable causes people to change the way they think about and participate in politics. As mainstream politicians rely more and more on threat to gain support, it is important to understand what effect their rhetoric has on the public.