Welcome! I’m an assistant professor of political science at Monmouth College with a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin. Before Monmouth, I held a postdoc at George Washington University’s School of Media & Public Affairs.
My teaching and research focus on public opinion, communication, psychology, and research methods, with articles published in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, Aggressive Behavior, Political Communication, and Journal of Business Ethics. This work often involves communication experiments, measurement innovation, and the intersection of politics with aggression in the U.S. and abroad.
My award-winning dissertation investigated how violent campaign metaphors and audience aggressive traits shape political participation, vote choice, and violent attitudes with representative survey experiments, plus content analysis of presidential campaigns since 1932 merged with ANES survey data. Related experiments with Josh Gubler test intergroup aggression in Israel & India, and polarizing issue attitudes in the U.S. (also w/ David Wood).
Other final-stage projects include a book reappraising ideological identification (w/ Don Kinder), flag imagery effects on vote choice (w/ Kim Gross), Pakistani news-seeking during war, and ties between ideological extremity & violent metaphors in campaign ads. I’ve also started a new book linking voting and violence during and after the American Civil War.
My work has been supported by the American National Election Studies, Time-Series Experiments for the Social Sciences (National Science Foundation), the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, the Marsh Center for Journalistic Performance, and the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan.