Clarisse Warren Intro

Hi! I’m Clarisse Warren.  Yes, Clarisse – pronounced like on Silence of the Lambs.

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I am a Political Science Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.   My research interests include political psychology, bio-politics, American politics, and gender and politics.  My research largely falls under the umbrella of political psychology and bio-politics, within the American states.

My dissertation, directed by Dr. Kevin Smith, investigates political stress and the degree to which political stress influences health and social outcomes for citizens.  Using both self-report and neuroendocrine measures of stress, I provide evidence that politics is stressful to citizens.  I compare and contrast the political stressors individuals experience with non-political stressors.  Finally, I examine the degree to which political stress is linked to a variety of outcomes on individual levels of physical health (e.g. hypertension, cardiovascular disease), mental health (e.g. depression, anxiety, PTSD), and social health (e.g. relationships, community connectedness).

My other research agenda is centered around motivated reasoning, with research on the affective tipping point, selective exposure, and the ways in which individuals process incongruent and counterattitudinal information.  In this vein, I examine how liberals and conservatives identify differences between men and women, as well as how genetic attributions on these perceived gender differences influence tolerance and policy support, the amount of effort partisans will expend to avoid negative political information, and visual and attentional differences between liberals and conservatives using an eyetracker.  Through a lens geared toward the experiences of women and minorities, my research tends to focus on the ways in which involvement with politics differs for these groups.  By researching the varying political and social experiences women and minorities face, I have completed research on sexual harassment attitudes, attributions of stereotypical gender differences, and the various ways women navigate the political domain – as candidates and as citizens.

Through my research, I have developed an expertise with diverse literatures and methodological approaches that include implicit attitude measures, as well as designing survey and laboratory experiments and programming experimental studies. As lab manager for the Political Psychophysiology Lab in the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior, my extensive training in psychophysiology, political neuroscience, salivary bioscience, and research design has provided me with a unique and diverse methodological skillset.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has afforded me the opportunity to teach courses that correspond with my research. I have served as a teaching assistant for Genetics, Brains, and Politics, an undergraduate course that seeks to explain political behavior using biology and psychology, as well as Power and Policy in America, an undergraduate course that provides students with a foundational understanding of American government and politics. My work with students extends beyond the classroom, as I have extensively trained all undergraduate and graduate students working and using the Political Psychophysiology Lab.  In addition, I have had the opportunity to directly supervise numerous undergraduate research assistants with several independent study projects.  Finally, through professional and personal political contacts, I have also provided several students with political campaign internship opportunities at the local, state, and federal level.  Through my own experience in the campaign field, I have been able to guide students who wish to pursue campaign work and link them with current campaign strategists and managers in 6 different states and in Washington D.C..

I appreciate your time in getting to know more about me, my research, and my teaching and mentoring of students.  If you have further questions or wish to discuss any information you find on this site, please contact me at the link above.