University of Virginia
Dr. Lynn Sanders' advisees are working on:
- Jury Nullification
Aryn Frazier is exploring the behavioral roots of jury nullification. Using a survey experiment, she will measure how the race of the defendant affects whether or not respondents refuse to convict a hypothetical individual accused of a crime. She then considers different arguments often made about the need to promote and defend the right of juries to remain independent. She hypothesizes that information about racial disparities in guilty verdicts will increase the respondent’s propensity to let the defendant free.
- How Voters Will Evaluate Transgender Candidates
Abraham Axler is exploring how American voters evaluate trans-gender candidates. Using a survey experiment, he will measure how the gender identification of hypothetical candidates alters how respondents perceive their potential effectiveness in office, their likelihood of winning, and their moral qualifications to serve. He then considers arguments often made by transgender candidates for state and local office, and measures the effectiveness of those various frames. He hypothesizes that candidates who draw attention to their experiences as transgender individuals – from advocacy work to discrimination – are no more or less effective than those who claim their gender identity is irrelevant.
- Relationships Between Civil Rights and Mental Health
Harrison grant winners Maria Winchell and Dillon Wild; they have results from survey experiments as well.
The Distinguished Majors Program, led by Dr. Peter Furia, has many students working on research projects. Working titles of these projects are as follows:
- Individual and Community-Level Predictors of Islamic Radicalization in the United States
Kara Anderson, advised by Sean Edwards
- What Predicts Objective and Subjective Citizen Knowledge about the European Union?
Rachel Boisjolie, advised by Christine Mahoney
- Press Freedom, Information Costs and the Success of Foreign Counterinsurgency Campaigns
Brandon Brooks, advised by John Owen
- The Impact of Federal District Court Vacancies on the Quality of Judicial Decisions
Maddy Gates, advised by Lynn Sanders
- Rural Food Deserts in Virginia: An Ethnographic Study
Clara Griff, advised by Paul Freedman
- Gender Bias, Framing and Policy Preferences: An Experimental Study
April Gutmann, advised by Nick Winter
- Regime Type and Peace Process-Spoiling by Pro-Government Militias
Pascal Hensel, advised by Phil Potter
- The Genteel Corruption of Harry F. Byrd's Party Organization
Aaron Jacobs, advised by Ken Stroupe
- Individual, Institutional and Legal Factors Affecting the Success of US Asylum Claims by Central American Migrants
Madeleine Keach, advised by Milton Vickermann
- Why have US presidential campaigns become uncivil?
Lucas Pulliza, advised by Sid Milkis
- Predictors of Self-Censorship by Chinese Internet Users
Yule Wang, advised by Aynne Kokas
- Attacks on the US Homeland: A Comparative Media Content Analysis of Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and the 2015-2016 ISIS-Inspired Attacks
Brett Warren, advised by Bruce Williams