I study political behavior through communication, psychology, and history. My new book with Don Kinder on the scarcity of mass ideology is out now (Univ. of Chicago Press), and my articles appear in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, Political Psychology, Political Behavior, and others. My work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and elsewhere.
My next book, on mass partisanship & violence in the American Civil War, will be done in 2017. Other projects experimentally investigate the influences of violent metaphors, visual frames, and racial cues, all of which depend on audience traits to produce nuanced effects. In short, I focus on public competence, prejudices, and aggression, with communication as a dynamic lever.