Political Science Professor James Stoutenborough to speak on Luther campus

Speaking on the environment and public opinion in American politics, James Stoutenborough, assistant professor of Political Science from Idaho State University, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Franklin W. Olin Building Room 102 on the Luther college campus.

            The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

            Stoutenborough will present a project titled "Understanding Trust in Government: Environmental Sustainability, Fracking, and Public Opinion in American Politics." The project outlines a new model and theoretical perspective on trust in government. Specifically, the project explores how trust in the Environmental Protection Agency, the oil and gas industry, or local media influences an individual's attitude toward fracking when presented with one of three levels of risk.

Stoutenborough is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Idaho State University, and he is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 2010, and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Texas A&M University and at Idaho State University prior to his faculty appointment at ISU. He is currently researching individual-level behavior as it pertains to political attitude formation, problem identification, agenda setting and policy adoption.

This event is sponsored by Luther's Political Science Department, Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, and the Center for Sustainable Communities.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.