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Margaret Appleby

Ph.D. candidate, Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG)

Margaret Appleby is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Planning, Governance, and Globalization program based at Virginia Tech's Arlington campus. She is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She also received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tech in International Studies and Political Science, respectively. Before starting her PhD, she worked as a Congressional staffer. She lives in D.C. with her husband and their dog, Nino.

Conference Presentations

  • “At the (dis)pleasure of the President”. With George Greanias, Chad Levinson, Margaret Appleby, and Brooke Guenther. ISA 2021, virtual.
  • “Has the South changed? Voting Rights, Shelby County, and the 2018 Georgia Governor’s Election”. Accepted for presentation at MPSA in April 2020. *Canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak.
  • “Diseased Identities: How the American Media Constructed the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa.” Virginia Tech ASPECT Graduate Conference, Blacksburg, Virginia, April 2016. 


  • College of Architecture and Urban Studies SIRG Grant, Fall 2021

Research Interests

  • Conspiracy theories
  • Polarization
  • Extremism white nationalism