"I applied to the Scholars program to gain experience in research in Political Communication and apply what I've learned in my undergraduate studies. I hope to make a lasting contribution to the field and investigate the practical applications of existing research. This research will become very interesting leading up to the next Presidential election, and my goal is to gain insight into the time frames that influence voter evaluation."
Master of Arts: International Business, Finance, Political Science
Political Communication, both domestic and international.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Florida Bright Futures
- National Merit Scholars
- UF Net Impact
- Study Abroad Peer Advisors
- Kappa Delta Sorority
Young Achievers Foundation Dance Marathon Junior Achievement Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Hobbies and Interests
- Tennis, traveling, running, painting, reading, and music.
The Influence of Issue Advertising on Time Perspective Voting: Do Today's Issues Matter Tomorrow?
Research shows that variations in time frame (this week versus next year) change attitudes towards a candidate and vote likelihood for a candidate. This concept is based on the idea that people use different information when making evaluations for the present versus evaluations for the future. In previous research, we see that when voters are asked to make an evaluation in the present, they consider issue information, while voters who are asked to make evaluations in the future consider image information. When faced with close, small time frames, choices are based on much more partisan, extreme, and polarized attitudes, but when faced with long-term time frames, choices are based on attitudes that are more moderate, less extreme, and less partisan. Recently, a large amount of televised political advertisements, both positive and negative, were produced regarding the Obama administration’s health care reform act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and addressing President Obama directly as being responsible for the act. This study takes the next step in this line of research, asking whether or not voters make use of different information included in ads based upon when they think they will have to make their decision. The study employs an experimental design with two experimental conditions (voting this week versus voting in 2012). Participants will be exposed to current advertisements that address the health care reform act and asked a number of demographic, evaluative, and vote choice questions.