Lindsay Abbott

Mentor: Dr. Laura Sjoberg
College of CLAS
"I worked with Dr. Sjoberg on the UF Liti-gators mock trial team my Freshman year, and befriended teammates who highly suggested I do research with Dr. Sjoberg because of her prestige in the field of International Relations. I became her Junior Fellow in the Fall of 2014, conducted research with one of her graduate students during the Spring of 2015, and along the way discovered my own passion for Chinese foreign policy research, and thankfully Dr. Sjoberg has been incredibly supportive of my research interests and encouraged me to apply."


Chinese, International Studies


Public Leadership

Research Interests

  • Chinese foreign policy
  • Ontological Security
  • International Policy

Academic Awards

  • AECOM Academic Scholarship Award (2013, 2014)
  • Vozzcom Cares Academic Scholarship Recipient (2015)
  • University Scholars Program (2015)
  • Bob Graham Center for Public Service Askew Scholar Award Program (2015)


  • UF Liti-Gators Undergraduate Mock Trial Team
  • Sigma Kappa Sorority - Vice President of Alumnae Relations
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ambasssadors


  • Mentor for Students Advocating Gainesville Education at Lake Forest Elementary

Hobbies and Interests

  • Chinese Language
  • Mock Trial
  • Volunteer work
  • Theatre and Dance

Research Description

A comparative analysis of Censorship and Bias in Chinese and United States Media and their Affects on Ontological Security
I will be conducting an empirical, comparative analysis of the Chinese government’s censorship of the 2014 Hong Kong Protests and United States Media Bias of the 2014 Ferguson Protests to see how media coverage of these events affected each state’s ontological security, as both movements occurred in approximately the same time period. Research to complete the project involves quantifying data collected from informal interviews about the Hong Kong protests over the summer of 2015 in China, creating a survey for American Media bias to be given to United States residents, quantifying the data from that survey, and comparing the two sets of data. I will create media saturation charts to compare the language used in articles about both events between national and international United States news outlets, national and international Chinese news outlets, and United States and Chinese news outlets to create a further analysis. The data collected from the informal interviews and surveys will be then compared to the media saturation charts to see if the news outlets read by residents of each country affects their knowledge of each event, and then further analyzed to create a conclusion on how the media affect each state’s ontological security.