Clinical Assistant Professor
Eric Michael French joined Oklahoma State University as a clinical assistant professor in August 2013. He teaches primarily Introduction to American Government - often very large sections, which involves working closely with a team of graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants. In Fall 2014, he will also begin teaching a senior capstone seminar, which he is currently developing with Prof. Dickinson. Prior to joining OSU, he also taught courses on topics ranging from American Politics to Statistics to International Relations.
Prof. French's research focuses broadly on public opinion and, more specifically, on the effect of issue framing (i.e., how an issue is characterized, especially by political leaders) on public opinion. His dissertation explored the effect of political leaders' messages about health care reform on public opinion regarding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). He intends, in coming years, to connect his work in this area to the emerging field of research concerning the biological factors that influence how people think about and react to politics. Finally, he is currently working on a teaching and learning research project with a former colleague at Indiana University.