Atlantic Forum: Uneasy Politics

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 6.00 - 7.30 pm


Online via ClickMeeting (technological requirements)


This event will be held in English.

Event held in cooperation with

Political Sience II, TU Kaiserslautern

Target group:

A broader interested audience




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Americans are living through a highly emotional time in contemporary politics. Anxiety over Covid-19 and the 2020 election has affected political attitudes and behaviors. Further, these threats are being filtered through partisanship, such that Democrats and Republicans are in disagreement over the nature of threats and the desirable solutions. As Americans are threatened by a pandemic and as some politicians work to undermine political institutions, partisanship conditions the emotions that Americans feel and the policies they support.

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Speaker: Bethany Albertson

is a political psychologist and received her PhD from the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to UT, she was on faculty at the University of Washington and was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. At UT, she has been a Donald D. Harrington Fellow, and was awarded the Josefina Paredes Endowed Teaching Award, in recognition for excellence in undergraduate teaching.


Her bookAnxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015 and was co-authored with Shana Gadarian of Syracuse University. They were co-winners of the 2016 Robert E. Lane Award, Political Psychology Section from the American Political Science Association.

Her work explores political attitudes and persuasion. She is particularly interested in emotion, religion in American politics and experimental methods.