Raul Madrid Jr. is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Political Science Department. He studies American Politics, Public Policy, and Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.
In his dissertation, Raul investigates the role of state-level media in policy preference formation and legislative outcomes. In focusing on the state-level, his dissertation aims to better understand how the media might affect the legislative process undertaken by state legislatures, especially when states are undergoing demographic shifts. Additionally, his dissertation research explores how opinions are formed on immigration policy in light of media coverage and demographic changes.
Raul's broad research interests include state and local politics, political communication, text-as-data, political behavior, and institutions. His work has explored the tone of communications by presidential candidates, and how rhetoric is used during wartime. He has also looked into how religious candidates are evaluated on an assortment of issues, including immigration, and how individuals come to perceive out-group religious candidates. In addition, Raul has co-published a piece on ethics in experimental research alongside Jennifer Merolla, which appears in Ethics and Experiments: Problems and Solutions for Social Scientists and Policy Professionals. Recently, Raul also served as an editorial assistant for the Journal of Politics.