Purdue Political Science Graduate Student Named a Recipient of a Chateaubriand Fellowship
Purdue Political Science graduate student Janel Jett will spend most of spring semester in Paris, France, as a recipient of a Chateaubriand Fellowship, a grant provided to Ph.D. students at American universities by the Embassy of France in the United States. During her time in France, Jett will collaborate with social psychologists at Paris Descartes University on a series of survey experiments examining temporal frames and how construal of climate change initiatives as restorative versus progressive impacts policy support.
The research project was borne from French president Emmanuel Macron’s exhortation to “Make Our Planet Great Again” in response to President Donald Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accords. Dr. Erin Hennes, the P.I. on this project, wondered whether framing action on climate change as progressive (that is, describing the future of climate change impact on humans and the planet) or restorative (describing a return to humans’ past relationship with the Earth) might affect different groups’ openness to accepting changes to the status quo regarding the environment and climate.
As a political scientist working with a team of social psychologists in both the U.S. and France, Jett will be exposed to new research methods. She expects that the research experience in Paris will improve the quality of her dissertation and provide her an opportunity to share her research with broader audiences. She also expects that working across disciplines, and cross-nationally, will enhance her academic network and provide her new perspectives on future research problems.
Jett’s professors in Political Science and her co-adviser and P.I. in Psychology, Dr. Erin Hennes, helped Jett build a strong application. Jett mentioned the supportive and collaborative nature of the environmental politics program as one of its strongest features. Faculty networks around campus are wide-ranging, interdisciplinary, and open to new ideas and graduate student engagement.
“There are so many opportunities working on questions dealing with the environment and climate change here at Purdue. Everyone is doing such innovative work and the network is already there for you to tap into,” Jett said.