Amanda Friesen is Associate Professor of Political Science and Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies and Project Director for the Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture at IUPUI. Her research centers on exploring the origins political orientations – from policy preferences and ideology to political interest and participation. She researches and teaches about the intersection of gender, religion and personality with political engagement, using psychological methods and theory to explore these domains. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and serves on the Politics & Religion journal editorial board and the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences Governing Council. Her work has appeared in Political Behavior, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Politics and the Life Sciences, Social Science Quarterly, Politics & Gender, and Politics & Religion.