Taylor Nicole Carlson.

Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of California, San Diego. I study political communication, political psychology, and race/ethnicity in American Politics. My research focuses on understanding the content and consequences of interpersonal political communication. My work has been published in the Journal of Politics and Political Behavior. I am also passionate about teaching, with experience teaching Political Psychology, Voting, Campaigning, and Elections, Introduction to American Politics, Political Inquiry, and Research Apprenticeships.

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My research falls into three large-scale projects. The first is my dissertation, which uses innovative experiments and text analysis to characterize how political information gets distorted as it flows through communication networks. A portion of the first chapter of my dissertation has been published in the Journal of Politics. The second is a coauthored book project with Jaime Settle called the Contentious Interpersonal Political Interactions (CIPI) Project. This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation. The third is a collaborative project funded by the James Irvine Foundation with co-PIs Marisa Abrajano and Lisa Garcia Bedolla. In this project, we use original survey data matched with publicly available voter records to examine how political discussion networks vary between ethnoracial minority groups.

Informational Consequences of Social Information (Dissertation)

Contentious Interpersonal Political Interactions Project

  • Book Manuscript: Disinclined and Disengaged: How Our Brains, Bodies, and Biases Lead us to Avoid Politics, with Jaime E. Settle, expected manuscript completion Spring 2019
  • Carlson, Taylor N. and Jaime E. Settle. 2016. "Political Chameleons: An Exploration of Conformity in Political Discussions." Political Behavior 38(4): 817-859.
  • Carlson, Taylor N. and Jaime E. Settle. "Opting Out of Political Discussions." forthcoming, Political Communication
  • Carlson, Taylor N. "Inferring Political Leanings from Apolitical Cues." Under Review
  • Carlson, Taylor N., Charles T. McClean, and Jaime E. Settle. "Individual Differences Explain Political Homogeneity in Social Networks." Revise and Resubmit to Political Psychology
  • Hibbing, Matthew V., Jaime E. Settle, Nicolas M. Anspach, Kevin Arceneaux, Taylor N. Carlson, Chelsea Coe, Edward Hernandez, John Peterson, and John Stuart. "Political Psychophysiology: A Primer for Interested Researchers and Consumers." Under Review
  • Carlson, Taylor N. and Jaime E. Settle. "The Social and Psychological Repercussions of Choosing Knowledgeable Political Informants: Evidence from Three Experiments." Working Paper

Evaluating the Composition and Impact of Political Discussion Networks Among Ethnoracial Minorities

  • Book Manuscript: Talking Politics: Political Discussion Networks and the New American Electorate, with Marisa Abrajano and Lisa Garcia Bedolla, in progress--under contract with Oxford University Press
  • Carlson, Taylor N., Marisa Abrajano, and Lisa Garcia Bedolla. "Political Discussion Networks and Political Engagement Amongst Voters of Color." Under Review
  • Abrajano, Marisa, Taylor N. Carlson, Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Stan Oklobdzija, and Shad Turney. "When Campaigns Call, Who Answers? Externally Validating the Effectiveness of GOTV Phone Campaigns on Turnout." Revise and Resubmit, Electoral Studies


Teaching is incredibly important to me. I love being in the classroom and working with students one-on-one. I served as the instructor of record for POLI 100M: Political Psychology and POLI 100DA: Voting, Campaigning, and Elections, upper division undergraduate courses at UC San Diego. 100% of my students who completed evaluations recommended me as an instructor and these courses. I have also taught discussion section for POLI 10D: Introduction to American Politics and POLI 30D: Political Inquiry, which is an undergraduate research design and statistics course. I have been recognized with a departmental TA Excellence Award for the 2016-17 academic year. Finally, I have mentored four undergraduate students through the Research Apprenticeship Program. Below are some of my teaching materials. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Course Materials

Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments! I can be reached at tncarlson@ucsd.edu.