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Lauren Fine
  Entry Year: 2016
  Degree Program: PhD
  Area of Study: Interpersonal/Political Communication
  Undergraduate Degree: English, Brigham Young University
  Other Degree: M.A. Rhetoric and Composition, BYU


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My research investigates the interpersonal elements of political communication—how individuals or small groups involved in the political process deliberate, negotiate, find common ground, and persuade on a micro-level (and how that can have macro-level effects). I am particularly interested in how emotion plays a role in these interactions and seek to incorporate research on emotion from a variety of fields (including cognitive sciences) into my research. My ultimate goal is to share what I learn with activists and politicians to help them better resolve conflict, compromise, and achieve important political goals.