Student Projects

COVID-19 Projects
As part of my senior seminar, my students helped to design an online survey with more than 1,600 respondents from all 50 U.S. states.
Here is a selection of studies.

Title: “Coronavirus Blame Game and its Policy Implications”
Author: Ho June (Sean) Rhee
Summary: Ho June analyzes who is blaming either national or foreign entities for the current health crisis. College-educated and liberal respondents are less likely to blame foreign governments and individuals. While support for strict migration policies are divided along familiar party lines, it is surprising that college-educated respondents are more likely to support strict measures, including travel restrictions for foreigners.


Title: COVID-19 through the Lens of Political Leaning and Media Consumption
Author: Katy Hughes
Summary: Katy investigates how political leaning and media consumption is correlated with misinformation about the mortality risk of COVID-19. She finds that more conservative people and those watching conservative media have the most incorrect risk perceptions. Interestingly, those watching moderate news sources are best informed. Also, once she is controlling for both news consumption and political leaning simultaneously, news sources are the only significant predictors of being misinformed.

Title: Who is Acting Pro-socially During the Coronavirus Pandemic (and Why)?
Author: Haley McCreary
Summary: Haley explores what characteristics predicts pro-social behavior such as donations to the CDC Emergency Fund. Women and college-educated people are more likely to donate, while political leaning and economic uncertainty are not predictive of pro-social behavior. Analyzing the rationale for acting pro-socially, Haley finds that when individuals consider whether they have enough resources, they are less likely to donate.

Title: “COVID-19: Overestimating your own risk – Underestimating the risk for the elderly.”
Author: Maria Anderson
Summary: Maria compares how people assess their own risk vs. that of the elderly during the current pandemic. Across all age groups, respondents overestimate their own risk, but underestimate the risk of the elderly. Maria discusses how these misconceptions may put older people at risk and she concludes that the government and media need to do a better job communicating age-specific risk information.