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Specialty area(s)

American politics, political behavior, emotions, gender stereotypes, political psychology, campaign advertising, public opinion, and political science research methodology.

Brief biography

Dr. Kristina LaPlant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Georgia State University in 2019. Her primary field of study is American political behavior with an emphasis on emotional and cognitive processing, gender stereotypes, and identity politics. Dr. LaPlant is passionate about mentoring undergraduate research and collaborating with students on innovative projects. Outside of class, you can probably spot her walking her dog Archie around campus or hanging out (a.k.a "grading") at many of the local coffeeshops.

Current courses at UWL

          POL 205: Women and Politics
          POL 361: Research Methods in Politics and Government

Education

          Ph.D. in Political Science, Georgia State University

          M.A. in Political Science, Georgia State University

          B.A in History, Valdosta State University

Teaching history

          POL 101: American National Government
          POL 205: Women and Politics

Research and publishing

Publications

LaPlant, Kristina, Deryl Mack Seckinger, Keith E. Lee Jr., and James LaPlant. 2021. "Cocked, Locked, and Loaded: An Analysis of the Five Policy Regimes of Concealed Carry on College Campuses." Politics & Policy, 49(1)

LaPlant, Kristina, Keith E. Lee Jr., and James LaPlant. 2020. "Christmas Trees, Mass Shootings, and Presidents. Explaining Gun Purchases in the South and Non-South." Social Science Quarterly (online first).

LaPlant, Kristina, Bailey Fairbanks, and Toby Bolsen. 2020. "Locked in a Box: How Activist Art Affects Opinions about Solitary Confinement." New Political Science, 42(3): pp. 289-312.

Fridkin, Kim, Sarah Gershon, Jillian Courey, and Kristina LaPlant. 2019. "Gender Differences in Emotional Reactions to the 2016 Presidential Debates." Political Behavior (published online first).

Bolsen, Toby, Bailey Fairbanks, Eduardo Aviles, Regina Griggs, Justin Kingsland, Kristina LaPlant, Matthew Montgomery, and Natalie Rogol. 2019. "Merging Undergraduate Teaching, Graduate Training, and Producing Research: Lessons from Three Collaborative Experiments." PS: Political Science & Politics, 52(1): 117-122.

James LaPlant and Kristina LaPlant. 2012. "'David is Going to Beat Goliath': An Analysis of the 2012 T-SPLOST Referendum in Georgia." Proceedings of the Georgia Political Science Association 8(1), pp. 1-25.

Kristina LaPlant and James LaPlant. 2011. "Dixie Rising? Revisiting the Classification of Southern States in the 21st Century." Proceedings of the Georgia Political Science Association 7(1), pp. 1-25.

Book Chapter

Robert Howard with Kristina LaPlant. 2017. "The Executive Branch" in Georgia Politics, 3rd edition. Athens: University of Georgia Press.

Other

Robert Howard and Kristina LaPlant. 2017. "The Roberts Court" in Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties, 2nd edition. ABC-CLIO Greenwood.

Working Papers

"No Laughing Matter: The Mediating Role of Gender in Humorous Attack Advertising."

“Affective Competence Strategies: A Typology of Mixed-Gender-Stereotype Content in Political Campaign Advertisements.”

“Do the Scales Balance Both Ways? Gender Differences in Judicial Campaign Advertisements.” with Bailey Fairbanks.

“Tracing the Role of Gender, Personality, and Power Among US Governors from 1993-2019.” with Micayla Clark

Kudos

published

Kristina LaPlant, Political Science & Public Administration, authored the article "Cocked, Locked, and Loaded: An Analysis of the Five Policy Regimes of Concealed Carry on College Campuses" in Politics & Policy published on Jan. 9 by Wiley-Blackwell. LaPlant and colleagues explore how gun culture, state policy liberalism, and racial politics influence legislation allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on college campuses in the United States.

Submitted on: Jan. 12

 

published

Kristina LaPlant, Political Science & Public Administration, authored the article "Christmas Trees, Presidents, and Mass Shootings: Explaining Gun Purchases in the South and Non-South" in Social Science Quarterly published on Nov. 27 by Wiley-Blackwell.

Submitted on: Nov. 28, 2020

 

published

Kristina LaPlant, Political Science Public Admin, Political Science & Public Administration, authored the article "Locked in a Box: How Activist Art Affects Opinions about Solitary Confinement" in New Political Science published on Saturday, Oct. 17 by Taylor & Francis. LaPlant and colleagues examine how exposure to activist political art influences citizens’ beliefs about solitary confinement. Analyses reveal that participants who entered a solitary confinement replica cell for a short amount of time were significantly less likely to support solitary confinement. Race, gender, and political ideology were also significantly associated with attitudes toward solitary confinement.

Submitted on: Oct. 17, 2020