Laura White

Corydon M. and Ruth Leigh Johnson Jefferson Fellow
Berkeley Lake, Georgia
B.A. University of Georgia (2014)
M.A. Georgia State University (2016)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Laura White is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. She holds a B.A. in political science and international relations from the University of Georgia and an M.A. in political science from Georgia State University. Her research focuses on public opinion on war and foreign policy, leader reputation at home and abroad, and signaling and crisis behavior. Laura’s dissertation examines the role of leader credibility in public support for armed conflict, focusing in particular on how the administration’s past communications, commitments, and policy outcomes affect how the public engages with its rationale for military action.

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