I am a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia, where I study American politics. My dissertation research focuses on how political communication affects public opinion and political behavior in the realm of economic policy. I argue that individuals’ perceptions of local economic context and the credibility of political communications jointly shape support for redistributive policy. Other work in progress includes research on political compromise, spillover effects of political advertising, informal political behavior, poll accuracy, and policy diffusion. I’ve also published research on the effects of graphical representations of economic information and the ways that agency accreditation shapes bureaucratic behavior.
I can be reached via ahughes (at) virginia.edu
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