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 MC, I held a postdoc at George Washington University’s School of Media & Public Affairs.

My teaching and research focus on American politics, public opinion, communication, psychology, and research methods, with articles published in Public Opinion QuarterlyPolitical 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 the public’s aggressive traits shape political participation, vote choice, and violent attitudes. Related experiments extend this work to partisan polarization in issue attitudes, and intergroup aggression in Israel & India (w/ Josh Gubler & David Wood).

I’m currently finishing a book on ideology in the American public (w/ Don Kinder), and I’ve started my second book on voting and violence during the American Civil War. Articles-in-progress include flag imagery effects on vote choice (w/ Kim Gross), news-seeking during wartime in Pakistan & the US, and ties between ideological extremity & violent metaphor use.

My work has been supported by the American National Election StudiesTime-Series Experiments for the Social Sciences (National Science Foundation), the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, the Marsh Center for the Study of Journalistic Performance, and the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan.