Welcome to my academic webpage. My name is Christopher Olds, and I am currently serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Central Florida. I was previously a Visiting Lecturer at the University of South Florida, as well as a Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral Diversity Fellow at the University of Kentucky. I earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University, and completed my undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego. Here you will learn about my personal background, my research agenda, and my teaching goals. Empirically evaluating social science research questions that span multiple fields of academic literature is emphasized in both my approach to research and teaching.
My primary substantive fields of emphasis in political science are American politics and public policy. Although my main training is in the field of political science, I feel just as comfortable identifying myself as an interdisciplinary social scientist. Broadly speaking, I am interested in how actors in the sociopolitical system respond to information cues. I am currently focused on the causes and consequences of change to various characteristics of presidential rhetoric. The secondary area of emphasis in my research agenda explores whether change in the level of economic policy uncertainty within a country can contribute to change in the political opinions expressed by the mass public, as well as observable macroeconomic behavior.
Thank you very much for visiting.
chris [at] chrisolds [dot] com
This is a picture of me from 2010 with my mom and my brother at Balboa Park in San Diego, California. This is one of my favorite pictures.