Recent Media Appearances & Coverage (Selected)

Selected media appearances and media coverage of our research from July 2020 onwards. For a full list of interviews and stories published prior to July 2020, please click here.


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October 2020. I talk about why scientific journals, professional organizations, and others made the decision to endorse Joe Biden for President in 2020, and discuss the potential consequences those decisions could have on public opinion about science. 

Interview with KJRH on COVID-19 Vaccine Refusal

October 2020. I chat with KJRH about the possibility that many Americans may refuse a COVID-19 vaccine, once one becomes available, and the consequences that might have for public health.

Interview with The Atlantic on Anti-Mask Conspiracy Theories

October 2020. I chat with The Atlantic about why some people believe conspiracy theories and misinformation about the possibility  that mask-wearing can cause them to become sick. 

Interviews with KJRH & KOKI about the Effect of Pres. Trump's COVID-19 Diagnosis on the 2020 Election

October 2020. I chat throughout the day with local news stations about the electoral, political, and governing implications of the presidents' COVID-19 diagnosis. 

Interview with KTUL about Supreme Court Nomination

September 2020. I talk with Lily Cummings from KTUL about whether Americans support moving forward with a SCOTUS appointment confirmation vote, before the November election, and how that might impact voters' decisions in the upcoming presidential election.

Interview with KTUL about Supreme Court Vacancy

September 2020. I talk with Lily Cummings from KTUL about whether Americans support moving forward with a SCOTUS appointment confirmation vote, before the November election, and whether or not OK's Senate delegation might walk back comments made in 2016 regarding their willingness to hold a pre-election vote. 

Interview with Vox about COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism 

September 2020. I talk with Brian Resnick from Vox about the prevalence, potential causes, and consequences of skepticism toward a vaccine for COVID-19. I also discuss the role that social science research can play in encouraging vaccine uptake, drawing on some of our recent research.

8/25 Election Forum (KJRH) 

August, 2020. ​I, and several other panelists from around the city, discuss local races, ballot initiatives, and the nationalization of Tulsa's mayoral race. The video below is part of a three-part series. A follow-up segment from 8/26 can also be found on KJRH's YouTube channel.  

Q&A with The Conversation about COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

August, 2020. I discuss recent research from my colleagues and I about the prevalence, origins, and potential consequences of skepticism about the safety of a novel coronavirus vaccine. I also discuss potential health communication strategies for increasing vaccine uptake.

Interview with NBC (KJRH) About Local Ballot Initiatives

August, 2020. I discuss the specifics of two ballot proposals on Tulsa's 8/25 ballot, and their potential implications for city governance.   

Interview with BBC about the Virtual DNC

August, 2020. I chat with the BBC about the upcoming virtual DNC, and what it might imply for the 2020 Election.

Interview with Vox about Sinclair Pandemic Story

July 2020. From the piece: “Even though many Americans accept misinformation about the origins of Covid-19 (e.g., that it was created in a lab), belief in the ‘Plandemic’ conspiracy has largely been relegated to only the most ardent conspiracy theorists. That’s in part due to the relatively swift action social media companies took to remove the video from their platforms,” he wrote. “Sinclair’s decision to air this interview without challenging its claims risks pushing some of these extreme views into the mainstream.”

Interview with The Upshot (New York Times) About Trust in the Scientific Community During COVID-19

July 2020. From the piece: "In the face of those headwinds, the high levels of trust in scientists are remarkable. “I haven’t seen much evidence that trust in scientists or trust in the scientific community has eroded,” said Matt Motta, an assistant professor of political science at Oklahoma State University, who studies the intersection of politics and science. But he said he was still concerned about the future, particularly if a vaccine is approved, which would require widespread adoption to protect a community."