Why We Invested
Lillian Mason and Nathan Kalmoe are two of the leading researchers on the issues of polarization and radical partisanship in the United States. This grant supports their efforts to write a book and articles focused on radical American partisanship. Their writing will present survey evidence on the scope of the problem in American society: violent views, aggressive behaviors, moral disengagement, and rejection of democratic elections and their implications. They will identify who these radical partisans are based on social, demographic, political, and psychological traits, and they will investigate how elections, political violence, and messages from leaders and ordinary citizens pacify or enflame radical partisan views.
With their research, Lillian Mason and Nathan Kalmoe will contribute actionable insights for protecting democracy.