Policy Research Collaboratory

This is a collaborative research laboratory, composed of faculty and graduate researchers at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, who have been intrigued by understanding, learning, and advancing policy theories – Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF), Cultural Theory (CT), Narrative Policy Framework (NPF), etc. – through data-driven analyses on various pressing policy issues, such as climate change, hydraulic fracturing, sustainable energy, vaccination, LGBTQ rights, high voltage power lines, and campaign finance reform, to list a few.


  • Researchers
    • Geoboo Song (Associate professor, Department of Political Science, University of Arkansas)
    • Rachael Moyer (Distinguished Doctoral Fellow, Public Policy Ph.D. program, University of Arkansas)
    • Creed Tumlison (Doctoral Academy Fellow, Public Policy Ph.D. program, University of Arkansas)
    • Briana Kordsmeier (Distinguished Doctoral Fellow, Public Policy Ph.D. program, University of Arkansas)
    • Austin Wilkins (Graduate Assistant, Department of Political Science, University of Arkansas)
    • Megan Elmore (Graduate Assistant, Department of Political Science, University of Arkansas)
  • Publications
    • Jones, Michael, Geoboo Song, Aaron Smith‐Walter, Rachael M. Moyer, Briana Huett, Manjusha Surampalli, Ben Galloway, Creed Tumlison, Markus Hinterleitner, John Lovett, Lisa Frazier, Brenda Bushouse, Derek Epp, Patrick Flavin, Jonathan Pierce, Christopher Weible, Scott Kalafatis, Andrea Lawlor, Elizabeth Shanahan, Elizabeth Albright, Sarah Anderson, Xavier Fernánez-i-Marín, Wei Li, Cherie Maestas, and Manuel Teodoro. 2020. “Advice and Consent in the Era of Global Pandemic: An Introduction to the PSJ Virtual Special Issue in Response to COVID-19 Crisis.” Policy Studies Journal Virtual Special Issue on COVID-19 Crisis(Link)
    • Jones, Michael, Geoboo Song, Aaron Smith‐Walter, Briana Huett, Rachael Moyer, Manjusha Surampalli, and Creed Tumlison. 2020. “Editorial Introduction: Governance, Citizenry, and Methodological Advancement in Policy Research.” Policy Studies Journal 48(2): 264-270. (Link)
    • Jones, Michael, Geoboo Song, Aaron Smith‐Walter, Rachael Moyer, Creed Tumlison, Briana Huett, and Ben Galloway. 2020. “Editorial Introduction: Discussing Policy Theories, Policy Formation, and Analytical Methods.” Policy Studies Journal 48(1): 6-10. (Link)
    • Jones, Michael, Geoboo Song, Aaron Smith‐Walter, Creed Tumlison, Rachael Moyer, and Briana Kordsmeier. 2019. “Editorial Team Introduction.” Policy Studies Journal 47(4): 848-853. (Link)
    • Moyer, Rachael, and Geoboo Song. 2019. “Cultural Predispositions, Specific Affective Feelings, and Benefit-Risk Perceptions: Explicating Local Policy Elites’ Perceived Utility of High Voltage Power Line Installations.” Journal of Risk Research 22(4): 416-431. (Link)
    • Kordsmeier, BrianaCreed Tumlison, and Geoboo Song. 2019. “Ideological Orientations, LGBT Contact, and Formation of LGBT Policy Position.” Social Science Quarterly 100(3): 779-792. (Link)
    • Tumlison, Creed and Geoboo Song. 2019. “Cultural Values, Trust, and Benefit-Risk Perceptions of Hydraulic Fracturing: A Comparative Analysis of Policy Elites and the General Public.” Risk Analysis  39(3): 511-534. (Link) [Note: Selected as a lead article]
    • Zanocco, Chad, Geoboo Song, and Michael Jones. 2018. “Fracking Bad Guys: The Role of Narrative Character Affect in Shaping Hydraulic Fracturing Policy Preferences.” Policy Studies Journal 46(4): 978-999. (Link)
    • Tumlison, Creed, Eric Button, Geoboo Song, and John Kester III. 2018. “What Explains Local Policy Elites’ Preferences toward Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Policy?” Energy Policy 117C: 377-386. (Link)
    • Jorgensen, Paul, Geoboo Song, and Michael Jones. 2018. “Public Support for Campaign Finance Reform: The Role of Policy Narratives, Cultural Predispositions, and Political Knowledge in Collective Policy Preference Formation.” Social Science Quarterly 99(1): 216-230. (Link)
    • Jin, Jongsoon and Geoboo Song. 2017. “Bureaucratic Accountability and Disaster Response: Why Did the Korea Coast Guard Fail in Its Rescue Mission During the Sewol Ferry Accident?” Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 8(3): 220-243. (Link)
    • Tumlison, Creed, Rachael Moyer, and Geoboo Song. 2017. “The Origin and Role of Trust in Local Policy Elites’ Perceptions on High Voltage Power Line Installations in the State of Arkansas.” Risk Analysis 37(5): 1018-1036. (Link)
    • Moyer, Rachael and Geoboo Song. 2016. “Understanding Local Policy Elites’ Perceptions on the Benefits and Risks Associated with High Voltage Power Line Installations in the State of Arkansas” Risk Analysis 36(10): 1983-1999. (Link)
    • Kester III, John, Rachael Moyer, and Geoboo Song. 2015. “Down the Line: Assessing the Trajectory of Energy Policy Research Development.” Policy Studies Journal 43(S1): S40-S55. (Link)
    • Song, Geoboo, Carol Silva, and Hank Jenkins-Smith. 2014. “Cultural Worldview and Preference for Childhood Vaccination Policy.” Policy Studies Journal 42(4): 528-554. (Link)
    • Jones, Michael and Geoboo Song. 2014. “Making Sense of Climate Change: How Story Frames Shape Cognition.” Political Psychology 35(4): 447-476. (Link)  [Note: Selected as a lead article]
    • Song, Geoboo. 2014. “Understanding Public Perceptions of Benefits and Risks of Childhood Vaccinations in the United States.” Risk Analysis 34(3): 541-555. (Link) [Note: Selected as a media campaign article]
    • Ripberger, Joe, Geoboo Song, Matthew Nowlin, Michael Jones, and Hank Jenkins-Smith. 2012. “Reconsidering the Relationship between Cultural Theory, Political Ideology, and Political Knowledge.” Social Science Quarterly 93(3): 713-731. (Link)
  • Consulted Works
    • Song, Geoboo, Rachael M. Moyer, Creed Tumlison, Briana Kordsmeier, Michael D. Jones, and Chad M. Zanocco. 2017. 2017 Arkansas Energy Policy Survey: Frequency Distributions & Descriptive Statistics. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
    • Jones, Michael D., Chad M. Zanocco, Geoboo Song, Rachael M. Moyer, and Creed Tumlison, Briana Kordsmeier. 2017. 2017 Oregon Energy Policy Survey: Frequency Distributions & Descriptive Statistics. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
    • Kordsmeier, Briana and Rick Barry. 2017. City of Fayetteville Residential Food Waste Compost Program: Assessing Policy Options. Policy report prepared for City of Fayetteville Department of Sustainability and Strategic Planning.
    • Song, Geoboo, Rachael M. Moyer, Creed Tumlison, Michael D. Jones, and Chad M. Zanocco. 2016. 2015 Arkansas Energy Policy Survey: Frequency Distributions & Descriptive Statistics. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
    • Jones, Michael D., Chad M. Zanocco, Geoboo Song, Rachael M. Moyer, and Creed Tumlison. 2016. 2015 Oregon Energy Policy Survey: Frequency Distributions & Descriptive Statistics. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
    • Allison, Claire, Cami English, Lira Rajenarison, and Creed Tumlison. 2015. Analysis of Invasive Plant Management Policies for the City of Fayetteville. Policy report prepared for City of Fayetteville Department of Sustainability and Strategic Planning.
    • Moyer, Rachael and Creed Tumlison. 2015. Arkansas Housing Preference Study: Spatial Amenities Analysis. Statistical consulting report prepared for University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.
    • Moyer, Rachael, Travis Adams, and Tyler Garrett. 2015. Analyzing Policies for Alternate Transportation through Bike-Share for the City of Fayetteville. Policy report prepared for City of Fayetteville Department of Sustainability and Strategic Planning.
    • Moyer, Rachael, Creed Tumlison, and Geoboo Song. 2015. Spatial Amenities Preference Survey. Statistical consulting report prepared for University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Northwest Arkansas Council.
    • Song, Geoboo. 2014. Strategies for Utilizing Emerging Technologies for Global Climate Change Adaptation: Lessons from the U.S. Case. Policy report prepared for Green Technology Center-Korea, Seoul, South Korea.
    • Kester III, John, Rachael Moyer, and Geoboo Song. 2014. 2014 Arkansas Energy Policy Survey (Phase II): Assessing Local Policy Elites’ Opinions On Arkansas Energy Policy Issues. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
    • Kester III, John, Rachael Moyer, and Geoboo Song. 2014. 2014 Arkansas Energy Policy Survey (Phase II): Frequency Distributions & Descriptive Statistics. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
    • Song, Geoboo, John Kester III, and Rachael Moyer. 2014. 2014 Arkansas Energy Policy Survey (Phase I): Assessing Local Policy Elites’ Opinions On Arkansas Energy Policy Issues. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
    • Song, Geoboo, John Kester III, and Rachael Moyer. 2014. 2014 Arkansas Energy Policy Survey (Phase I): Frequency Distributions & Descriptive Statistics. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
  • In the Media
    • “Public Support for Campaign Finance Reform: New Evidence to Help Solve a Festering Problem.” The Brennan Center for Justice, New York University (NYU) (Link)
    • “Arkansas Poll Asks About LGBTQ Rights.” Ozarks At LargeKUAF National Public Radio/91.3 FM (Link)
    • “Arkansas Poll Finds Arkansans Support Some LGBT Civil Rights But Not Others.” University of Arkansas Newswire (Link)
    • “Why People Might Not Vaccinate.” Ozarks At LargeKUAF National Public Radio/91.3 FM (Link)
    • “Study Finds Worldview, Vaccination Stance Link.” Arkansas Democrat Gazette (Link)
    • “New Study Suggests How Health Authorities Might Improve Communication about Vaccinations.” University of Arkansas Newswire (Link); Science Daily (Link); Newswise (Link)
    • “Battle Over SWEPCO Transmission Project Elicits UA Survey.” Ozarks At Large, KUAF National Public Radio/91.3 FM (Link)
    • “Energy Efficiency, Renewability, and Sustainability Priorities for Arkansas Community Leaders.” University of Arkansas Newswire (Link); World News Network (Link)
    • “”Worldviews” Shape Parents’ Approach to Vaccinating Their Children.” The Society for Risk Analysis (Link); Science Daily (Link); Newswise (Link); PR Newswire (Link)
    • “Storytelling Science Illuminates Climate Views.” USA Today (Link)
    • “New Political Science Faculty Member Examines Politics of Risk.” University of Arkansas Newswire (Link)