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Brandon I. Brockmyer

SIS_PHD_Brockmeyer

I am originally from Salt Lake City, UT and attended college in Portland, OR. After graduating, I worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Texas Municipal Police Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. I received an MA in Psychology from New York University, where I wrote my Master's thesis on the effects of dependence and procedural fairness on legitimacy. While attending NYU, I studied international peace and conflict in Bolivia and worked with Columbia University's International Trauma Studies Center to promote community resilience among Liberian refugees living on Staten Island. Since beginning my doctorate at AU, I have had the opportunity to help teach courses on Islamic history, Islamic identity in America, nationalism, and ethnic conflict, and to assist with research on the development of national identity in children, the link between trade and migration among OECD countries, and NGO influence on the International Criminal Court. I enjoy traveling, hiking, swimming, and writing music. My wife Tara and I met in Austin, TX, where we later married. We currently live in Adams Morgan with our cat, Mantis.

Employment Experience

Research Officer - Pew Charitable Trusts, 2009-present

Program Analyst - Good Shepherd Services, 2007-2009

Research Analyst – Texas Municipal Police Association, 2005-2006

Awards & Fellowships

Dean's Fellowship for Doctoral Study; American University School of International Service, 2009

Certificate of Merit, NYU M.A. Research Poster Conference, NYU Department of Psychology, M.A. Program, 2008

M.A. Scholar, NYU Department of Psychology, M.A. Program, 2007

Society for Personality and Social Psychology, student member, 2004 – 2009Phi Beta Kappa, Inducted May 2003 at Reed College

Commendation for Academic Excellence, Reed College, 2003

Commendation for Academic Excellence, Reed College, 2002

NSF-AIRE Grant Recipient, National Science Foundation, 2002

Commendation for Academic Excellence, Reed College, 2001

Commendation for Academic Excellence, Reed College, 2000

Research Interests

Cognitive biases in international relations; Latin American leftism; US foreign policy decision making processes; BRICS; Economic development strategies; International peacekeeping and conflict resolution


email: bb7597a@student.american.edu

Selected Publications

  • Managing Uncertainty: How State Budgeting Can Smooth Revenue Volatility (February 2014 research report released by the Pew Charitable Trusts)
  • Avoiding Blank Checks: Creating Fiscally Sound State Tax Incentives (December 2012 research report released by the Pew Charitable Trusts)
  • Evidence Counts: Evaluating State Tax Incentives for Jobs and Growth (April 2012 research report released by the Pew Charitable Trusts)
  • Facing Facts: How Residents in Five States View Fiscal Priorities for State Government (September 2010 research report by the Pew Charitable Trusts)Brockmyer, B.I., & Oleson, K.C. (2007).
  • Applied Social Psychology. In R. Baumeister & K. D. Vohs (Eds). Encyclopedia of Social Psychology Vol. 1. (pp. 45-47). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Selected Presentations

  • "Evidence Counts: Evaluating State Tax Incentives for Jobs and Growth" presentation by Brandon Brockmyer and Josh Goodman of the Pew Charitable Trusts to the National Conference of State Legislators' 2012 Fiscal Analysts Seminar, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Brockmyer, B.I., & Oleson, K.C. (2005). Implicit and Explicit Measures of Age Prejudice: Predictions for Behavior. Paper accepted for the 6th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
  • Oleson, K. C., Bellet, M. J., Brockmyer, B. I., Clark, J. A., Kinsey, J.L.C., Masinovsky, S. M., Parks, A. C., Pierson, R. M., Piff, P. K., Tanner, N. B., Waichunas, D. E., & Weingarten, E. (February, 2003). Overachievers', Self-handicappers', and Defensive Pessimists' achievement goals. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Los Angeles, CA.