Alena Smith is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Stanford University. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University, where she became interested in studying the interaction of religion and politics. Alena’s research focuses on the influence of Christian nationalism in America. Her dissertation studies how candidates use Christian nationalist themes when running for office and how these cues impact voter support. When she’s not doing research, she enjoys reading sci-fi or fantasy books and working on her farm in Stardew Valley.