Curriculum Vitae

Education

B.S. in psychology, University of Oregon 2013 June
M.A. in political science, Stony Brook University 2015 December
Ph.D. in political science, Stony Brook University 2020 August

Dissertation

"Individual Differences in Selective Exposure to Attitude-Congruent Political Information: Intuition, Faith, and Social Environment"

Dissertation committee: John Barry Ryan, Milton Lodge, Stanley Feldman, Paul Djupe

Publications

  • Cragun, James (2020) "Rigid Religious Faith Promotes Selective Exposure to Attitude-Congruent Political Information." Political Behavior.

Research works in progress

  • Reflectiveness and Intuitiveness as Sources of Individual Differences in Selective Exposure
  • Evolution of One-Shot Cooperation Under Uncertainty: An Agent-Based Model
  • The Importance of Interactive Control Variables when Testing Interactive Hypotheses
  • The Effect of Social Environment Heterogeneity Among Residents of Student Housing on Selective Exposure to Attitude-Congruent Political Information

Conference presentations

  • Western Political Science Association 2018
  • Midwest Political Science Association 2018
  • American Political Science Association 2018

Teaching experience

As course instructor:
  • POL 201: Statistical Methods in Political Science, 2016 Fall
  • POL 201: Statistical Methods in Political Science, 2017 Spring
  • POL 201: Statistical Methods in Political Science, 2017 Fall
  • POL 201: Statistical Methods in Political Science, 2018 Spring
  • Math camp for incoming PhD students, 2018 Summer
  • POL 201: Statistical Methods in Political Science, 2019 Spring
  • Math camp for incoming PhD students, 2019 Summer
  • POL 348: Political Beliefs and Judgment, 2019 Fall
  • POL 348: Political Beliefs and Judgment, 2020 Spring
As teaching assistant (with responsibility for weekly discussion section and occasional guest lectures):
  • POL 604: Applied Data Analysis 3 (doctoral-level course), 2018 Fall

Graduate coursework completed

Methods courses:
  • Applied Data Analysis 1, Yanna Krupnikov (general course in statistical methods)
  • Applied Data Analysis 2, Michael Peress (linear models)
  • Applied Data Analysis 3, Michael Peress (non-linear models, Maximum Likelihood Estimation)
  • Experiment Design, Andy Delton
  • Causal Inference, Jason Barabas}
  • Game Theory, Martin Steinwand
  • Computational Modeling, Oleg Smirnov (especially agent-based models)
  • Measurement, Scaling, and Covariance Structure Models, Stanley Feldman
  • Statistical Analysis of Big Data, Michael Peress (including Bayesian statistics, machine learning, nonparametrics, automated text analysis, and ideal point estimation)
Substantive courses:
  • Political Psychology, Jennifer Jerit
  • Political Economy, Martin Steinwand
  • American Politics, John Barry Ryan
  • Ideology, Stanley Feldman
  • Ecological Rationality, Andy Delton
  • Social Influence,Yanna Krupnikov
  • Evolutionary Psychology and Political Decision Making, Peter DeScioli

References

  • John Barry Ryan
    Associate Professor
    Stony Brook University
    john.ryan@stonybrook.edu
    My dissertation advisor

  • Jason Barabas
    Professor
    Stony Brook University
    jason.barabas@stonybrook.edu
    Instructor of a course for which I served as teaching assistant

  • Milton Lodge
    Distinguished University Professor
    Stony Brook University
    milton.lodge@stonybrook.edu
    Member of my dissertation committee

  • Stanley Feldman
    Professor
    Stony Brook University
    stanley.feldman@stonybrook.edu
    Member of my dissertation committee