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 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 the public’s aggressive traits shape political participation, vote choice, and violent attitudes. Related experiments with Josh Gubler test intergroup aggression in Israel & India, and polarizing issue attitudes in the U.S. (also w/ 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. Other articles-in-progress include flag imagery effects on vote choice (w/ Kim Gross), Pakistani news-seeking during wartime, and ties between ideological extremity & violent metaphors in campaign ads.
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 the Study of Journalistic Performance, and the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan.