Diana C.

Political Scientist

Diana writes about: Politics

Want to know why Donald Trump won the 2016 election, if liberals really drink lattes, or about changing American attitudes toward same-sex marriage, inequality, or racial issues? Ask Diana C. Mutz, PhD, who teaches and does research on public opinion, political psychology, and mass political behavior, with an emphasis on political communication, at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also the director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics.

Mutz is the author of several prize-winning books, most recently In Your Face Politics: The Consequences of Uncivil Media; The Obama Effect: How the 2008 Campaign Changed White Racial Attitudes, with co-author Seth Goldman; and Hearing the Other Side: Deliberative Versus Participatory Democracy. She has also published articles in a variety of academic journals, including American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Politics, and Journal of Communication.

She has been the recipient of several honors and awards. She received a 2017 Carnegie Fellowship and a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship to further pursue her research on globalization and public opinion. In 2011, she received the Lifetime Career Achievement Award in Political Communication from the American Political Science Association, and she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008.

Democracy must be able to absorb differences in opinion and funnel them into a means of governing that people were OK with, even when their side didn't win.


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