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Isaiah Raynal


Isaiah Raynal an interdisciplinary researcher who enjoys using mixed methods to understand people's attitudes. His primary expertise is in designing, administering, and analyzing original surveys and survey experiments as well as performing content analysis on text data. He is particularly passionate about taking a normative and outcome-based approach to research, aiming to make a tangible impact on the real world.

Currently, Isaiah is a 4th-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science. He studies American Politics and is interested in political behavior, political communications, and political psychology. His dissertation hopes to identify practical solutions for reducing animosity between Republicans and Democrats. Specifically, he hypothesizes that reducing the salience of partisan identity and increasing the salience of other identities can improve affect towards outpartisans. To test this hypothesis, he plans to administer two survey experiments that expose participants to hypothetical outpartisans with shared identities or positive characteristics.


Master of Arts in Political Science | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign | December 2021

Bachelor of Arts | Northwestern University | June 2018


Kneier Fellowship (AY 2023-2024)

Dean S. Dorman Scholarship (March 2023, May 2023, March 2024)

Institute for Humane Studies Fellowship Grant (December 2023)

Illinois Distinguished Fellowship (AYs 2020-2023)

Career Exploration Fellowship (Spring 2023)

George Yu Scholarship (March 2021, March 2022)

Constantine Curris Award (March 2021)

Courses Taught

Instructor, PS 224: Politics of the National Parks (Summer 2024)

Instructor, PS 201: U.S. Racial & Ethnic Politics (Fall 2023, Spring 2024)

Grader, PS 302: U.S. Constitution II (Spring 2023)

Additional Campus Affiliations

Recent Publications

Usher, N., Wong, A. T., Raynal, I. R., Bigman-Galimore, C., \& Maslowska, E. (2023). Localizing COVID-19 public health department outreach on digital platforms: The role of discoverability, reach, and moderation for Illinois' COVID-19 vaccination rates. American Behavioral Scientist