Bethany Albertson

Bethany Albertson is a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Chicago. Her general research interests are political psychology, public opinion, race and religion in the United States. She is currently completing her dissertation, which examines the ways that politicians use religious language, and how these persuasive messages affect political attitudes and choices in the United States. This project combines survey data with a series of original experiments to evaluate the ways that Americans with different religious beliefs process these messages, and how religious considerations interact with competing predispositions to simplify or complicate political choices. The specific focus on religion is used to contribute to more general theories of coded communication, implicit processes, and ambivalence.