Frank is starting as an Assistant Professor in the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) at the University of Arizona in the Fall of 2017. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in May 2017. He received a Master of Arts in Political Science at UNL, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2011. His research strengths lay primarily in political psychology, experimental design and quantitative methods. His current research involves using theories from social neuroscience to understand how people place themselves in groups in society, how group-related attitudes interact with “higher-level” ideological principles, and how this interaction impacts political opinions and behaviors.
Frank is also heavily engaged in several other research agendas, which address questions such as: why people are liberal or conservative, what sorts of language Democratic and Republican elites use, how people perceive ideologically extreme and moderate candidates, how disease salience influences policy attitudes, how to cultivate democratic deliberation via group discussions, and why people feel the way they do about income inequality (part of an ongoing book manuscript with Elizabeth Theiss-Morse).
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. Preliminary results from this project 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 psychology journals such as Behavioural Brain Research and Judgment and Decision Making. Further, he is strongly committed to making research accessible to public audiences, and his work on candidate evaluations recently appeared in Politico magazine.