Kayla N. Jordan, M.S.
I am a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Social-Personality Area at University of Texas at Austin. I completed my Masters of Science in Experimental Psychology at Missouri State University before moving to UT-Austin. My interests include language, political psychology, political communication, big data, and research methodology. I contribute to the Wordwatchers blog with has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
My research program is centered on two major questions. First, what can language tell us about the thought processes and psychological traits of political leaders? Second, how do the psychological aspects of political language impact peoples’ political attitudes and everyday behaviors? Central to my research program is a methodological focus on cutting edge, quantitative, automated language analysis for exploring large quantities of political text. As a social psychologist by training, I seek to apply the findings and theories of social psychology to understand the psychological side of political leaders and the political system through language.