I’m an assistant professor of political science at Monmouth College with roots at the University of Michigan (PhD) and the University of Wisconsin (BA). Before MC, I held a postdoc at George Washington University.
My teaching & research in U.S. politics integrate public opinion, communication, psychology, history, and research methods, with articles in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, Political Psychology, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, and elsewhere. This work often involves communication experiments & innovative measures linking partisanship & aggression in the U.S. & abroad.
My award-winning dissertation and subsequent studies investigate how violent metaphors and the public’s aggressive traits shape political behavior, including partisan polarization & voter mobilization. Don Kinder and I just submitted a book on the public’s lack of ideology, and my solo book on partisan voting & violence in the American Civil War will be done in 2017.
At MC, I chair the department, co-lead the Midwest Matters poll, direct the pre-law program, organize American politics events, and serve as Quantitative Reasoning task force member.