Dr. Hutchens received her B.A. (2004) and M.A. (2006) in Communication from Washington State University. She received her Ph.D. (2010) in Communication from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Hutchens' research focuses on political communication, primarily in two different ways. Her main research interest lies in understanding the antecedents and consequences of engaging in political discussion with dissimilar others. Her secondary interest is in political socialization and understanding how parental and classroom discussion influence children's political views of the world.