Welcome! I hold a PhD in Political Science from Emory University. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis.

My research focuses on the nature of political behavior and public opinion within the United States. More specifically, I study the forces driving mass polarization; how voters form perceptions of political actors, such as candidates, parties, and related political entities; and how signals from party elites shape voters’ beliefs and attitudes. In order to shed light on these questions I draw on theories from both political science and psychology. My work has been published or is forthcoming in Political Science Research & Methods, Political Behavior, Electoral Studies, American Politics Research, Advances in Political Psychology, American Behavioral Scientist, and Social Science Quarterly.

My book, American Rage: How Anger Shapes Our Politics, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. The book presents results from a series of experiments that show that anger causes citizens to lose trust in the national government and to weaken in their commitment to democratic norms and values. I then show that, despite these negative externalities, political elites strategically elicit anger within the electorate because voter anger leads to voter loyalty. For more details on this project, feel free to email me. Alternatively, listen to this NPR interview in which I describe my research and how it relates to contemporary American politics.