Poster 74: Bennett Johnson – A Widening Divide: An Examination of Constitutional Polarization in Supreme Court Nomination Hearings

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Faculty mentor: Shannon McGregor

This research project utilized Computer Aided Textual Analysis (CATA) to parse the transcripts of 16 previous Supreme Court nomination hearings for phrases which could be considered polarized, in addition to words indicating positive and negative affect. In total, nearly 2.2 million words spoken between 127 unique speakers were analyzed. The final results of this project indicate that the nomination hearings are not becoming more polarized along constitutional terms.

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