Kristin Garrett

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Kristin Garrett is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia. After completing her B.S. in Political Science and Kinesiology at Wheaton College (IL) in 2007, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina in 2013 and 2016, respectively. Kristin’s current research examines the causes, consequences, and measurement of moral conviction in politics.


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2016, Political Science

M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2013, Political Science

B.S., Wheaton College (IL) 2007, Political Science and Kinesiology

More About

Kristin’s research and teaching focus on American political behavior, public opinion, political psychology, and quantitative methods. More specifically, her work sheds light on the social causes, polarizing consequences, and physiological measurement of moral conviction in politics. She is also working on broader projects investigating how psychological factors, political cues, socializing environments, religious beliefs, and media frames influence political attitudes and behavior. Kristin employs a wide variety of research methods, including laboratory and survey experiments, psychophysiological methods, and text and social network analysis, and enjoys coming up with creative ways to integrate her research and teaching.

Areas of Expertise

American Political Behavior

Public Opinion

Political Psychology

Research Methods

Morality and Politics

Biology and Politics

Religion and Politics

Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • James W. Prothro Award for Outstanding Research, Department of Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2016
  • Lucas Miller Glass Summer Research Fellowship, The Graduate School, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2015
  • Whit Ayers Conference Travel Grant, Department of Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2015
  • Thomas M. Uhlman Summer Research Fellowship, Department of Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2014
  • Best Poster Award, National Consortium For Data Science, Data Innovation Showcase, 2014
  • Alumni Association Senior Scholarship, Wheaton College (IL), 2007
  • Presidential Scholarship, Wheaton College (IL), 2003-2007


Course Instruction

POLS 1101 – Introduction to American Government

POLS 4510 – Public Opinion and American Democracy

POLS 4790 – Special Topics in American Politics: Morality in Politics

Research Interests

American Political Behavior, Public Opinion, Political Psychology, Quantitative Methods

Selected Publications

Kristin N. Garrett and Joshua M. Jansa. 2015. “Interest Group Influence in Policy Diffusion Networks.” State Politics & Policy Quarterly 15(3): 387-417.