The Psychology of Foreign Trade

Thursday, Feb 7, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

The Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences at UCLA

Speaker: Diana C. Mutz, Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Faculty Host: Georgia Kernell, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, UCLA

Drawing on her book in progress, Diana Mutz will present survey and experimental evidence on the psychological underpinnings of attitudes toward international trade. Picking up where economic explanations have failed, she will argue that people extend what they know about human interaction to understand multinational relationships. In this respect, Mutz will posit that globalization runs headlong against the grain of much of basic human psychology, asking us to trust distant, impersonal, and often dissimilar others.

Mutz received her BS at Northwestern University and a PhD from Stanford University. Her research focuses on public opinion, political psychology and mass political behavior, with an emphasis on political communication. In addition to holding the Samuel A. Stouffer Chair in Political Science and Communication, Mutz serves as director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics.

Light refreshments will be served. RSVP is requested.