Rebecca Glazier, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Glazier’s research agenda is focused on issues of religion, framing, and U.S. foreign policy. She uses qualitative and quantitative methods, including survey experiments, to assess the impact of providential religious beliefs on foreign policy. Results from this research indicate that when a foreign policy is framed in terms of fulfilling God’s plan, providential religious believers are more likely to support it, even in the face of countervailing political beliefs. Dr. Glazier is also interested in presidential and media framing of foreign policy and is currently working on a project to measure the dynamics of media and presidential framing of the war on terror. Data for this project was collected from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Presidential Papers from 2001-2006. Expansion of the dataset through the present is scheduled to begin in spring 2011. Finally, Dr. Glazier is also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her work on using simple simulations to teach political science has been featured on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s website and published as a working paper. She is currently evaluating the effects of political satire on critical thinking skills though the use of controlled experiments in her Introduction to Political Science classes.