Nathan Kalmoe

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Kalmoe 2011

Doctoral Student
American Politics

  • Fields of Study
    • Public opinion & political behavior, Political communication, Political psychology, Research design
  • About

    Nathan finished his Ph.D. in American politics at the University of Michigan last year. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scientist at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. His work on communication effects, measurement innovation, and aggression has been accepted for publication at Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, and Political Behavior.

    His award-winning dissertation investigates how metaphors in campaign messages interact with audience personality traits to influence political behavior, focusing on violent metaphors and trait aggression. These two factors combine to shape electoral participation, vote choice, and violent attitudes. This work utilizes two national survey experiments, content analysis of presidential campaigns since 1932, and fifty years of ANES survey analysis.

    Other projects include a book reappraising ideological identification (with Don Kinder), flag imagery effects on vote choice (with Kim Gross), and intergroup aggression experiments in Israel and India (with Josh Gubler).

  • Education
    • University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A. in Political Science, Journalism
  • Grants
    • American National Election Study, 2012 EGSS-5 Survey Module (Trait Aggression)
    • Rackham Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2012
    • National Science Foundation, Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS), Data Collection Grant, 2010
    • Gerald R. Ford Fellowship & Research Grant, University of Michigan, 2010-11
  • Presentations
    • Aug 2013, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL). (x2)
    • Apr 2013, Midwest Political Science Association National Conference (Chicago, IL). (x2)
    • July 2012. International Society of Political Psychology Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL).
  • Dissertation Title
    • Mobilizing Agression in Mass Politics
  • Dissertation Chair
    • Donald Kinder
  • Dissertation Committee
    • Donald Kinder, Nancy Burns, Ted Brader, Nicholas Valentino