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Federal Grants and Other Awards

  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (NSF-SES-1560432); $22,575 (January 2016)
  • Graduate Travel Award Program (GTAP) Grant, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Department of Political Science (Fall 2016)
  • Best Graduate Student Paper of the Academic Year Award, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Department of Political Science (Spring 2015)
  • Paper Title: “Principles, Prejudice, or Principled Prejudice? Rethinking the Foundations of Opposition to Race-Targeted Policies”
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln Department of Political Science Senning Summer Research Fellowship; $1300 (Summer 2014)
  • Project Title: “Racism, Individualism, or Generalized Outgroup-ism? A correlational analysis”
  • Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) Scholarship to attend the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (2014)
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln Department of Political Science Scholarship to attend the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (2013)
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln Department of Political Science Travel Grant (2012; 2013; 2014; 2015)
  • University of Delaware Department of Political Science Undergraduate Research Award (2011)

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor, Public Policy Analysis (POLS236)
    • January 2015 – May 2015
  • Instructor, Bureaucracy and the American Political System (POLS210)
    • August 2014 – December 2014
  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to American Politics (POLS150)
    • January 2013 – May 2013
    • Instructor: Dr. Michael Combs

Book Manuscripts

  • Theiss-Morse, Elizabeth, and Frank J. Gonzalez. “The Psychological Foundations of Attitudes Toward Income Inequality and the Potential for Change.”
    • In this book, Dr. Theiss-Morse and I plan on developing a psychological framework for understanding why people feel the way they do about income inequality, with a specific focus on income inequality in the United States. We use a wide range of methods including surveys, survey experiments, behavioral lab-based experiments, implicit attitude measures, and measures of physiological activity to shed light on the causes and consequences of how people feel toward the poor, the rich, and the system that separates them. We engage with topics such as national identity, stereotypes, social dominance orientation, individualism, and system justification in order to identify the roles of distinct psychological processes that lead some people to embrace, disdain, or simply not care about the tremendous gaps between the rich and the poor in the US.
  • PytlikZillig, Lisa M., Myiah J. Hutchens (Washington State University), Peter Muhlberger, Frank J. Gonzalez, and Alan J. Tomkins. “Deliberative Engagement with Science: How Context and Personality Influence Attitudes toward Nanotechnology,” under contract with Springer International Publishing, Springerbriefs in Psychology Series.
    • Are citizens able to deliberate effectively about scientific information? What sorts of conditions might encourage effective deliberation? Since 2012, I have collaborated with a group of psychologists and communications scholars at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center on projects related to democratic deliberation between citizens, particularly deliberation regarding scientific information. We are converting findings from a large-scale, longitudinal, NSF-funded study of student deliberation about nanotechnology into a book that will serve as a resource for both academics and practitioners. Specifically, we examine how various contextual manipulations influence: students’ ability to learn about and engage with scientific information about nanotechnology, the degree to which students engage in open-minded deliberation about nanotechnology with other students rather than exhibiting various forms of polarization, and how students’ experiences with the deliberation influence their trust in nanoscientists and public officials.

Workshops and Summer Programs

  • “Opening the Black Box II”: Psychophysiological Methods in Political Science, University of California – Merced, Summer 2016
    • Director: Dr. Jaime Settle
  • Graduate of Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) Summer Institute, University of Michigan, Summer 2015
    • Director: Dr. Arthur Lupia
  • Graduate of Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan, 2 sessions (Summer 2013; Summer 2014)
    • Director: Dr. William Jacoby
      • Courses taken:
        • Scaling and Dimensional Analysis, David Armstrong (University of Wisconsin at Milwaukie) and William Jacoby (Michigan State University)
        • Structural Equation Models with Latent Variables, Douglas Baer (University of Victoria)
        • Introduction to the R Statistical Computing Environment, John Fox (McMaster University)
        • Introduction to Applied Bayesian Modeling for the Social Sciences, Johannes Karreth (University of Colorado at Boulder) and Ryan Bakker (University of Georgia) – taken for course credit
        • Regression Analysis III: Advanced Methods, David Armstrong (University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee)
  • Graduate of Stanford University Summer Institute in Political Psychology (SIPP), Stanford University, Summer 2012
    • Director: Dr. Jon Krosnick