University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
My research agenda in political psychology and American politics examines how health issues affect individual behavior, attitudes, and opinion. Compared with the chronically ill, if healthy people are more likely to tum out and have different policy preferences, then electoral results and the policies that are put into action might display a "health bias". I am interested in the ways in which health differences among citizens may affect the quality of democratic representation. If people with chronic health conditions are less apt to vote than their healthier counterparts, there is the potential for “representational distortion”.
A second stream of work involves examining the political implications of chronic health issues of the gut. Stomach health is extremely important due to the role of the gut in the development of personality and behavior. Bidirectional communication between the gut microbiome and the brain. Lastly, I am also interested in the intersection of chronobiology, health, and politics.
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