Ask A Political Scientist

THU // APR 09

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Topic: What is the effect of anxiety on politics?

Description: We are all super anxious these days. Join us this Thursday, April 9, to discuss how anxiety affects politics -- does it motivate us to participate more in politics? Do we withdraw? Do we watch more news (or less)? And is that good or bad? Our guests this week are experts in these very questions -- join us for a mini political science lesson, an interview, and Q&A!

Guests: Shana Kushner Gadarian, Ph.D. and Bethany Albertson, Ph.D.

Bethany and Shana are the co-authors of the award-winning book, Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in the Threatening World, which asks: How do threatening messages about the world impact our involvement in politics? They conduct original research to discover how threats impact how we consume the news, whom we trust, and what politics we support.

Shana Kushner Gadarian is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. She is a political psychologist interested in how citizens learn and form attitudes when politics is threatening, whether threats come from terrorism, public health outbreaks, or the media. 

Bethany Albertson is Associate Professor in the Department of Government  at University of Texas, Austin. She teaches and does research on political psychology and experimental methods




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