I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) at the University of Arizona. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in May 2017. I received a Master of Arts in Political Science at UNL, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2011. My research strengths lay primarily in political psychology, experimental design and quantitative methods. My current research involves using work from political psychology, social neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology to understand how people place themselves in groups in society, how group-related attitudes interact with other beliefs and motivations, and how these interactions impacts political opinions and behaviors.
My research addresses 3 primary areas: 1) race and racial attitudes, 2) class and wealth inequality, and 3) political intolerance.
I am also the Director of the Psychology of Inequality and Politics (PIP) Lab in the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) at UA, where a team of fantastic graduate and undergraduate students and I work on some really cool projects, and a member of the Arizona Policy Lab, where I collaborate with other frontline scholars here in SGPP on research projects aimed at providing insights into various policy issues (practitioners/policymakers: submit a proposal for a research project here!).
Frank received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) to conduct an fMRI study examining the neural foundations of attitudes toward government assistance. He was awarded the Best Dissertation Award from the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) in 2018 for this work, and has continued related fMRI work since. Preliminary results from his fMRI work are described in his dissertation (available here). He has been published in political science journals such as Political Communication and Political Research Quarterly as well as general/psychology journals such as Behavioural Brain Research, Personality and Individual Differences, and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.