Welcome! I’m a Postdoctoral Scientist at George Washington University’s School of Media & Public Affairs, and I start as an assistant professor at Monmouth College in Fall 2014. I earned my Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan in 2012, and a B.A. in journalism and political science at the University of Wisconsin in 2005. My interdisciplinary teaching and research focus on public opinion, communication, psychology, and research methods, with publications in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, and Political Behavior. My 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 metaphors in campaign messages interact with audience traits to influence political behavior, focusing on violent language and trait aggression. These two factors combine to shape electoral participation, vote choice, and violent attitudes. This work utilized two nationally-representative survey experiments and content analysis of presidential campaigns since 1932, merged with fifty years of ANES survey data. Two chapters are published and more are on the way.
Other projects in the final stages include a book reappraising ideological identification (w/ Don Kinder), flag imagery effects on vote choice through primes of patriotism and prejudice (under review, w/ Kim Gross), and aggression’s role in the expression of political self-interest. Two projects with Josh Gubler involve intergroup aggression experiments in Israel and India (under review), and polarizing issue attitudes with violent metaphors (also w/ David Wood). Long term, I’ve started a new book project linking voting patterns and violence during and after the American Civil War.
My research 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.