Lauren Ratliff

Lauren Ratliff

Lauren Ratliff

Political Science

ratliff.121@osu.edu

2140 Derby Hall
154 North Oval Mall
Columbus OH, 43210

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I am interested in explaining the origin, persistence, and malleability of individual political beliefs and attitudes. Specifically, to what extent and how the origin, persistence, and malleability of an individual’s political beliefs are explained by their proximity to and interaction with the individuals that surround them. My dissertation proposes a theory of how the social environment affects individual political beliefs that incorporates how the interaction between previously established political beliefs, the selection and structure of the social context, and the strengthening or conversion of political attitudes in social groups dynamically contributes to the process of social influence on politics.