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Toby Bolsen

Associate Professor    ,
Specializations

Political behavior, public opinion, political communication, experimental methods, U.S. energy policy and climate change

Biography

Professor Bolsen’s research focuses on the study of political behavior, preference formation, political communication, experimental methods, and U.S. energy policy and climate change.  He has published in outlets such as the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, American Journal of Political Science, American Politics Review, Political Behavior, Political Communication, Public Opinion Quarterly, International Journal of Press / Politics, Journal of Experimental Political Science, and the Journal of Communication.

The National Science Foundation has supported Professor Bolsen’s work, and, in 2011, he was the recipient of two Best Dissertation awards from organized sections of the American Political Science Association. He also received an award for Best Paper presented on a Political Psychology panel at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in 2011.  In 2013, Professor Bolsen received the Franklin L. Burdette / Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Award for the best paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2010.

 

Publications

Bolsen, Toby, James N. Druckman, and Fay Lomax Cook. Forthcoming. “Citizens’, Scientists’, and Policy Advisors’ Beliefs about Global Warming.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Bolsen, Toby, James N. Druckman, and Fay Lomax Cook. 2014. “Communication and Collective Actions: A Survey Experiment on Motivating Energy Conservation in the U.S.”  Journal of Experimental Political Science 1(1): 24-38.

Bolsen, Toby, James N. Druckman, and Fay Lomax Cook. 2014. “The Influence of Partisan Motivated Reasoning on Public Opinion.” Political Behavior 36 (2): 235-262.

  • Franklin L. Burdette / Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Award for the best overall paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, 2013.

Bolsen, Toby, James N. Druckman, and Fay Lomax Cook. 2014. “How Frames Can Stunt Support for Scientific Adaptations: Politicization and the Status Quo Bias.” Public Opinion Quarterly 78 (1): 1-26.

Bolsen, Toby, Paul J. Ferraro, and Juan Jose Miranda.  2014.  “Are Voters More Likely to Contribute to Other Public Goods? Evidence from a Large-Scale Randomized Policy Experiment.”  American Journal of Political Science 58 (1): 17-30.

Bolsen, Toby, Thomas Leeper, and Matt Shapiro. 2014. “Doing What Others Do: Norms, Science, and Collective Action on Climate Change.” American Politics Research 42 (1): 65-89.

Bolsen, Toby, and Thomas Leeper. 2013. “Self Interest and Attention to News among Issue Publics.”  Political Communication 30 (3): 329-348.

Bolsen, Toby. 2013. “A Light Bulb Goes On: Norms, Rhetoric, and Actions for the Public Good.” Political Behavior 35 (1): 1-20.

Bolsen, Toby. 2011.  “The Construction of News: Energy Crises, Advocacy Messages, and Frames toward Conservation.” International Journal of Press / Politics 16 (2): 143-162.

Druckman, James N., and Toby Bolsen. 2011.  “Framing, Motivated Reasoning, and Opinions about Emergent Technologies.”  Journal of Communication 61: 659-688.

  • Best Paper presented on a Political Psychology panel at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, 2011.

Bolsen, Toby. 2011. “Framing Effects and Political Behavior.” In Larry Kuznar, Allison Astorino-Courtois, and Sarah Canna (Eds), From the Mind to the Feet: Assessing the Intent-to-Action Dynamic. Air University Press, Maxwell AFB, Al, pp. 141-160.

Druckman, James N., and Toby Bolsen. 2011.  “How Scientific Evidence Links Attitudes to Behaviors.” In David Dana (Ed.) The Nanotechnology Challenge: Creating Law and Legal Institutions for Uncertain Risks. New York: NY. Cambridge University Press, pp. 84-102.

Bolsen, Toby, and Fay Lomax Cook. 2008. “Public Opinion on Energy Policy, 1974 – 2006.” Public Opinion Quarterly 72 (2): 364-388.

Jerit, Jennifer, Jason Barabas, and Toby Bolsen 2006. “Citizens, Knowledge, and the Information Environment.” American Journal of Political Science 50 (2): 266-282.