Shayla Olson is a PhD student of American Politics and Quantitative Methods in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Her broad research interests fit within the fields of American political behavior and public opinion, with a focus on the intersection of race and religion in the United States. She is particularly interested in how local church contexts and clergy communication influence political and racial attitudes.
Prior to her studies at the University of Michigan, Shayla earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Indiana State University and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science at Michigan State University. In addition to her Master's degree, she earned a graduate certificate in Computational Modeling from the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering at Michigan State.