Curriculum Vitae

Caleb Griffin, M.S.

I am working on a PhD in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My focus is on how different aspects of our cognition (i.e. categorization, social identity formation) affect our political attitudes. I am also interested in the application of social psychological research in public policy.


PhD, Political Science \(~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\) University of Illinois
  • Reviewer for Critique Magazine
  • Visits Committee, 2020 & 2021
  • Peer Mentor, 2020 & 2021
  • TA: The U.S. Constitution, Politics and Media
  • Instructor: Intro to Political Science
MS, Applied Community Development \(~~~~~~~~~~~\)Illinois State University
BA, Political Science\(~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\) Brigham Young University

Awards and Fellowships

  • Samuel K. Gove Fellowship (2020)
  • James L. Fisher Outstanding Thesis Nominee (2018)
  • Golden Key Honor Society Inductee (2009)


  • Programming & Markup: R, \(\LaTeX\), Markdown

  • Human: Español, الدارجة

Other Professional Experience

Writing Instructor\(~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\) The University of Utah

I taught academic writing for the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water. My work included lecturing, grading, editing, curriculum-development, and other activities designed to help graduate engineering students complete excellent master’s theses. I also designed and taught academic writing workshops for students and faculty, which I carried out in Mehran University in Pakistan.

Research Assistant \(~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\) Social Research Institute

My role included database management, program evaluation, statistical analysis, and conducting literature reviews for three non-profits that contracted with the Social Research Institute (a research branch of the University of Utah College of Social Work).

Youth Development Specialist\(~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\) United States Peace Corps

I served in the community of Imouzzer Kandar, working with the Greenside Development Foundation, an NGO which helps young people and women in Morocco obtain the skills necessary to find stable employment. My work included grant writing, project design, teaching, and many other activities. I also taught English at the Women’s Empowerment Center in Imouzzer.

Legislative Research Assistant \(~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\) Utah State Legislature

Assisted policy analysts and state legislators in various capacities. This included creating presentations for interim committees, preparing reports and memos, and conducting research.

Research Coordinator \(~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\) Teens Act

Directed evaluation projects including conducting, compiling, and analyzing survey data for students and mentors. Created quarterly and annual reports for school administrators and the board of directors. Maintained a student database and carried out several large research projects. Drafted partnership proposals for Utah Valley University and the BYU Psychology department. Collaborated on a cohort project with the BYU Sociology department. Managed three interns and directed research assignments for them.

Congressional Intern\(~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\) U.S. House of Representatives

Interned in Washington D.C. for the Arizona 8th District. My work included constituent relations, proofreading, research, and clerical work.