Taylor Nicole Carlson.

Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Washington University in St. Louis. 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 or is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, American Political Science Review, Political Behavior, Political Communication, Electoral Studies, and Political Psychology. 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 uses innovative experiments and text analysis to characterize how political information gets distorted as it flows through communication networks. Some articles from this research agenda have been published in the Journal of Politics, American Political Science Review, and Political Behavior. I am currently working on transitioning this research into a book manuscript. The second major project is a coauthored book and series of articles 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

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


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. In Fall 2019, I will teach an undergraduate political psychology course, as well as a graduate seminar focused on political psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. 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.


Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness

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