Frank is an Assistant Professor in the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) at the University of Arizona. 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 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 “higher-level” ideological principles, and how this interaction impacts political opinions and behaviors.
More specifically, Frank’s work addresses issues such as: how race influences people’s political evaluations, why people feel the way they do about wealth, poverty, and income inequality, why people are liberal or conservative, what sorts of language Democratic and Republican elites use, and how group discussion influences people’s political and social attitudes.
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. 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.