Recent Media Appearances & Coverage (Selected)
Selected recent media appearances and media coverage. For a full list of interviews, and stories published prior to July 2020, please click here.
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April 2022. I talk with Monica Potts about the social, psychological, and political sources of anti-intellectual attitude endorsement, as well as its policy consequences.
March 2022. I talk with KTUL (ABC) about why politicians strategically sponsor bills that they might expect have no realistic chance of being enacted into law.
February 2022. I talk with The Atlantic about our research on how negative media coverage of COVID-19 vaccination is influencing vaccine uptake, and consider its potential public health implications.
December 2021. Our work (with Dom Stecula) on the usage of adverse event reporting data as a measure of public anti-vaccine sentiment was referenced in a New Yorker piece on how anti-vaccine activists use VAERS data to sew doubt about vaccine safety
October 2021. Our work on the prevalence, correlates, and consequences of anti-vaccine social identity was featured in outlets like The Atlantic and Newsweek (pictured).
September 2021. Our work published in PLOS ONE, where my co-author and I offer new evidence that a discredited study is at least partially responsible for MMR vaccine hesitancy in the US, was named The Weeds' (Vox) "Paper of the Week" in its first September newsletter.
August 2021. I talk with Bloomberg about a recent study, published in PLOS ONE, where my co-author and I offer new evidence that a discredited study is at least partially responsible for MMR vaccine hesitancy in the US.
July 2021. I talk with Bloomberg about the politics of vaccine hesitancy, the potential impact of J&J adding new side effect warnings to its COVID-19 vaccine, and other topics related to vaccine uptake.
May 2021. I compare the mask-wearing intentions of vaccinated and unvaccinated people, following revised CDC recommendations in mid-May.
May 2021. I talk about my research on the psychology of vaccine-related decisionmaking, and how the unprecedented amount of choice Americans have for COVID-19 vaccination might influence expectations in the future.
May 2021. We discuss the impact of Joe Rogan's anti-vaccine comments on his listeners' intentions to vaccinate against COVID-19.
April 2021. I discuss why some people are motivated to accept anti-vaccine misinformation, and what science communicators can do to address it.
March 2021. Peter Hotez discusses our research on the social and political correlates of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, and why the former President's decision to vaccinate in private represents a missed opportunity to combat hesitancy on the ideological right.
Conversation Piece on Americans Expectations for a COVID-19 Vaccine
January 2021. I discuss my recent research (at Social Science & Medicine) regarding the possibility that Americans’ preferred COVID-19 vaccine attributes might not line up with the choices we have the opportunity to get.
Interview with NBC LX about “How to Talk to the Anti-Vaxxer in Your Life”
January 2021. I discuss how to have productive conversations with friends and family who hold anti-vaccine views, based on recent social science research.
Interviews with KJRH about Insurrection Attempts on the Capitol
January 2021. In a series of interviews, I discuss how public opinion about the anticipation and acceptability of post-election violence, how political polarization can encourage extreme forms of political behavior, and what this all means for the final remaining days of the Trump Presidency
Interview with the New York Times about Partisan Asymmetries in COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance
December 2020. I discuss the possibility that -- while more Americans are indicating that they are willing to vaccinate against COVID-19, these trends tend to be stronger on the ideological left.
Monkey Cage Post on COVID-19 Vaccine Politicization
December 2020. I describe my recent research on the partisan dynamics of COVID-19 vaccine uptake intentions, and discuss why recent public vaccination efforts could help neutralize partisan disagreement.
Interview with the New York Times about Vaccine Skepticism on the Right
December 2020. I discuss why the Vice President’s decision to vaccinate on television could help mitigate COVID-19 vaccine skepticism on the ideological right, and what Pres. Trump can do to further address skepticism.
Interview with the New York Times about COVID-19 Vaccine Politicization
December 2020. I chat with The New York Times about why some Americans are reluctant to vaccinate, and how to address vaccine hesitancy.
Interview with On the Media about COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
December 2020. I chat with Bob Garfield from WYNC's (NPR) On the Media about why some Americans are reluctant to vaccinate, and how to address vaccine hesitancy.
Interview with Scientific American about STEM Congressional Candidates in 2020
November 2020. I discuss my research on the electoral success of candidates with STEM backgrounds who have run for Congress in the past, and apply those insights to understanding their performance in 2020.
November 2020. I discuss the challenges facing the incoming Biden administration regarding vaccine uptake, and communicating the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
KJRH Live and Post-Election Coverage
November 2020. I discuss the state of the 2020 presidential race, as well as local House and Senate races in Oklahoma, live on election night and throughout the week.
Interview & Op-Ed about Sci. Journals Endorsing Biden
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.
Op-ed available here.
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 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.
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."