Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Political Science

First Advisor

J. Kevin Corder

Second Advisor

Peter Wielhouwer


A high self-monitor is an individual who changes his/her political views to improve an impression made to others. This past election contained very controversial candidates making individuals very reluctant to show strong support for either party. My thesis topic examines the link between self-monitoring and party identification after the controversial election. I will be testing to see Western Michigan University students’ willingness to disguise political views based on what others think of them by using three different versions of the same survey. Many students are in positions on campus as well as off campus that require them to present themselves in a non-biased way in order to represent the university or other corporation. The surveys conducted will contain questions pertaining to students’ occupation as well as other demographic areas.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access