Sam Rhodes, Ph.D. Political Scientist

​​I am a lecturer in the History and Political Science Department at Utah Valley University, where I teach American Heritage and American National Government. My research centers on political communication and political behavior in the United States. I am especially interested in the role that political misinformation (i.e., “fake news”) plays in the American political system.

Selected Publications

Rhodes, Samuel C. 2021. "Filter Bubbles, Echo Chambers and Fake News: How Social Media Conditions Individuals to be Less Critical of Political Misinformation." Political Communication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10584609.2021.1910887

Rhodes, Samuel C., Michael M. Franz, Erika Franklin Fowler and Travis N. Ridout. 2019. "The Role of Dark Money Disclosure on Candidate Evaluations and Viability." Election Law Journal 18(2): 175-190https://doi.org/10.1089/elj.2018.0499

Ridout, Travis N. and Samuel C. Rhodes. 2017. "Negative Campaigning." In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, ed. Sandy Maisel. New York: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756223-0228

​​Prior to beginning my graduate studies, I worked for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and the Maine State Legislature. I obtained my Ph.D. in political science from Washington State University in 2019 and my B.A. in political science from Shippensburg University in 2010.

​​​​I am a national park enthusiast and love to travel to new states and countries. As a devotee of government, I am attempting to visit every state capitol building in the United States.

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