Parrish Bergquist

Parrish Bergquist

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Parrish Bergquist a doctoral candidate in the Departments of Political Science and Urban Studies & Planning at MIT. She examines political representation, policy responsiveness to partisan politics, and the development and implications of elite and public attitudes for political conflict and policy outcomes, with a particular focus on state politics and environmental policy (MIT News student spotlight).

Parrish's dissertation probes the implications of political polarization for state-level regulatory enforcement and public attitudes towards environment and energy. In one paper, she assesses the implications of polarization and nationalization of the American political parties for state-level regulatory enforcement. The paper carries fundamental questions from the state politics literature into a new context: administrative--rather than legislative--policy. Her second dissertation paper describes polarization about environmental protection at the state level since the 1970s and assesses the consequences of environmental concern for environmental policy. In her third paper, she assess the community-level politics of interpretation in the context of energy transmission infrastructure siting. The paper asks how the symbolic content of place attachments shape the way in which individuals interpret, evaluate, and react to proposed disruptions to their communities.

Parrish grew up in Birmingham, AL, earned a B.A. at the University of Virginia, and a Masters degrees in environmental policy and urban planning from the University of Michigan. Between undergrad and grad school she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and worked with the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection and Office of International Affairs. If she is away from her desk you'll likely find me Parrish the mountains.

Biography

Parrish Bergquist a doctoral candidate in the Departments of Political Science and Urban Studies & Planning at MIT. She examines political representation, policy responsiveness to partisan politics, and the development and implications of elite and public attitudes for political conflict and policy outcomes, with a particular focus on state politics and environmental policy (MIT News student spotlight).

Parrish's dissertation probes the implications of political polarization for state-level regulatory enforcement and public attitudes towards environment and energy. In one paper, she assesses the implications of polarization and nationalization of the American political parties for state-level regulatory enforcement. The paper carries fundamental questions from the state politics literature into a new context: administrative--rather than legislative--policy. Her second dissertation paper describes polarization about environmental protection at the state level since the 1970s and assesses the consequences of environmental concern for environmental policy. In her third paper, she assess the community-level politics of interpretation in the context of energy transmission infrastructure siting. The paper asks how the symbolic content of place attachments shape the way in which individuals interpret, evaluate, and react to proposed disruptions to their communities.

Parrish grew up in Birmingham, AL, earned a B.A. at the University of Virginia, and a Masters degrees in environmental policy and urban planning from the University of Michigan. Between undergrad and grad school she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and worked with the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection and Office of International Affairs. If she is away from her desk you'll likely find me Parrish the mountains.