Brian Falb Harrison, Ph.D. will begin as a Visiting Fellow at Yale University (Institute for Social & Policy Studies) and as an Affiliated Scholar at New York University (NYU) in 2014-2015. He is a specialist in American politics, political behavior, public opinion, the U.S. Presidency, and LGBT politics. His research investigates how social identity affects how citizens view politics and policy in the American context, drawing from the fields of political communication, political psychology, political behavior, LGBT politics, and social identity. Brian’s work on the relationship between attitude change and social identity has been cited by the New York Times and National Public Radio, among other outlets.
Currently, Brian has a book under contract with Yale University Press (coauthored with Melissa Michelson, Menlo College) on identity politics and attitude change, using field experiments and survey experiments in cooperation with non-profit organizations from all over the United States.
Brian’s work has won grants from the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, The Williams Institute at UCLA Law School, Northwestern University, University of Michigan and the Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences. He also won the Weinberg College Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, recognizing him as the top teaching assistant in the social sciences at Northwestern University. He has taught courses at DePaul University and Loyola University-Chicago and is on the government faculty of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Brian holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, an M.A. in Communication from DePaul University, an M.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University, and an A.B. from Georgetown University. He has also served as a White House appointee and worked in the House of Representatives.
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- Brian has a book contract with Yale University Press. “Listen, We Need to Talk: Opening Minds to Attitudinal Change through In-Group Identity Activation,” examines issues surrounding identity, attitude change, and same-sex marriage. With Melissa Michelson, Menlo College.
- Brian is the most recent winner of the 2013 Timothy E. Cook Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the APSA Political Communication Division. The award is given to the best graduate student paper in political communication accepted at the previous year’s APSA national meeting.
- Brian was awarded the highly competitive Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation, supporting his dissertation work on partisanship, polarization, and Presidential communication
- In June 2013, Brian won a Small Research Grant from the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School to support research on partisanship and support for marriage equality. With Melissa Michelson, Menlo College.
- Brian won the Weinberg College Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award in May 2012, recognizing him as the top teaching assistant in all of the social sciences at Northwestern University.
- In January 2013, Brian won a SocialSci Participant Pool Grant to run a series of experiments to test persuasion efforts on religious Americans on attitudes about marriage equality and LGBT rights.