Brian Harrison, Ph.D. is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. His research interests include public opinion and political behavior, polarization and partisanship, the U.S. Presidency, and LGBT politics. He has a book under contract with Yale University Press (coauthored with Melissa Michelson) on identity politics and attitude change, using field experiments and survey experiments in cooperation with non-profit organizations from all over the United States. He also recently won the Thomas E. Cook Graduate Student Paper Award, recognizing a dissertation chapter as the best graduate student paper in political communication presented at the 2012 APSA annual meeting. Finally, Brian was honored to win the award for best teaching assistant in the social sciences while teaching at Northwestern University.
Brian earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2013 and previously earned an A.B. from Georgetown University in Government and English Literature and Literary History, an M.A. in Communication from DePaul University, and an M.A. in Political Science from Northwestern. He has taught courses at Wesleyan University, Loyola University-Chicago, and DePaul University and has served as a teaching assistant at Georgetown University and Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, he was fortunate to work under advisor Dr. Jamie Druckman as well as with Drs. Benjamin I. Page, Daniel Galvin, and Laurel Harbridge.
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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.
- 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.
- Brian was awarded the highly competitive Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation in January 2012, supporting his dissertation work on partisanship, polarization, and Presidential communication.
- 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.