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Ethan Busby

Program Area(s):  American Politics; Methods

Dissertation Title:

It's not who you know, it's how you meet: The political effects of interactions with difference

Dissertation Committee:  James N. Druckman (chair), Reuel R. Rogers, Julie Lee Merseth

Research interests: social politics; intergroup interactions; political tolerance; stereotypes; political psychology; experimental methods; causal inference

In addition to this work in American politics, I am also interested in research design and methodology within political science. This includes, but is not limited to, issues of causal inference, experimental design, survey construction, multilevel models, structural equation models, and panel studies. My interest in these tools is primarily as a resource to further my more substantive interests.

Dissertation Description:

My dissertation focuses on the political consequences of interactions with social difference. Specifically, I explore how the way those interactions unfold influences their political consequences. I consider racial, ethnic, and political divisions in this research and employ a series of experiments.



  • “The Political Relevance of Irrelevant Events”, co-authored with James N. Druckman, and Alexandria Fredendall, 2017, Journal of Politics 79(1): 346-350.
  • “Putting Framing Effects in Their Place: When Frames (May) Matter.” co-authored with D.J. Flynn, and James N. Druckman. Doing News Framing Analysis II (Paul D’Angelo, ed.). New York: Routledge. Forthcoming
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