Student
Parrish Bergquist

Parrish Bergquist is a doctoral candidate at MIT’s departments of Political Science and Urban Studies & Planning. She studies public opinion, political parties, and political representation in the United States, with a focus on state politics and the environment. Her dissertation project addresses the relationship between elite-partisan and public attitudes about environmental protection, and asks why the relationship between party positions and public attitudes varies across political issues. She is also working on two collaborative projects, one of which examines public attitudes about energy transmission infrastructure. The second assesses whether changes in temperature and other climatic indicators influence the public’s views about climate change. 

Parrish grew up in Birmingham, AL, and earned a B.A. at the University of Virginia and Masters degrees in environmental policy and urban planning from the University of Michigan. Other highlights from life before graduate school include serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and working for the Federal Trade Commission, City of Ann Arbor, and National Association of Development Organizations. If she’s away from her desk, check outside; she’s probably running, hiking, cycling, or climbing.