"Influence is around us every day. People are trying to get us to buy things, vote for people, and champion causes. I want students to see this so they can make good decisions about how to use their voice and energy and have a positive impact on the world."
Strategy & Communications: Carsey’s Master in Public Policy with Faculty Member Kristen Grimm (Oct. 27, 2021)
What is your current research/professional interest? Public interest communication and campaigns
In the course(s) that you teach, what are the typical aspects of the student’s coursework you evaluate and what weighting do you give each aspect? I want students to really dig in. Influence is around us every day. People are trying to get us to buy things, vote for people, and champion causes. I want them to see this so they can make good decisions about how to use their voice and energy and have a positive impact on the world.
What drove you to teaching? Most people say they want to change something but they don't know how. I want to make sure students graduate knowing exactly how to make the world a better place.
What or who inspires you? People who are first inspire me. It takes so much courage to speak up, break through ceilings, and be one of a kind knowing you are about to change everything.
When you were a student, what is one thing you wish you had known? I wish I knew what a split infinitive was. Kidding. I wish I knew that I could ask any question. I was so worried I might show lack of knowledge that I missed real opportunities to gain it.
What advice do you have for your students? Experiment. We are in a time of great transformation. How we used to do things won't work in the future. It is a good time to try new things.
What is the most recent book you read? Noise by Daniel Kahneman
How do you spend your free time? I often live in a trailer and travel the country meeting people in an attempt to understand what is going on in this country.
What is your greatest passion – professional or personal? Backing leaders with the courage, conviction and compassion to make progress.