Stephanie Nail is a PhD candidate in political science. She studies how people use information to make political decisions using a variety of methodological approaches. In her dissertation, she looks at the origins of party reputations, that is how party elites cultivate party brands in Congress, and how those brands in turn affect political decision making in the mass public.
She is an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher blending a variety of pedagogical approaches in her classes. Next semester, she will be teaching Introduction to Judgment and Decision Making, an upper-division course that incorporates the foundations of information processing and biases while applying them to real life situations in political science, cognitive science, economics, and management.