Ph.D. in Political Science, focus in Political Psychology and Communications

U.S. history is punctuated by conflict over the social worth and legal equality of historically stigmatized and marginalized groups.  The way media outlets discuss stigmatized groups can promote – or undermine – public affect and support for them. In my dissertation, Why Bother Choosing Anyway? : LGBT Community Framing, and the Role of Etiological Narrative Exposure, I study the different narratives that media outlets have drawn on over time, regarding the LGBT community.  I study the ways LGBT issues are framed, and the aspects of the community that are focused on in mass communications.  I use content analysis of media publications over the last 40 years to help understand how narratives have arisen, interacted, and diminished: over time, across the country, and in response to historical events.