Welcome!

I’m an assistant professor of political science at Monmouth College with academic roots at the University of Michigan (PhD) and the University of Wisconsin (BA). Before MC, I held a postdoc at George Washington University in DC.

My teaching & research focus on American politics, public opinion, communication, psychology, history, 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 intersections of politics with aggression in the U.S. and abroad.

My award-winning dissertation and subsequent studies investigate how violent political metaphors and the public’s aggressive traits shape an array of political attitudes & behaviors. I’m also finishing a book on ideology in the American public (w/ Don Kinder), and I’ve started a new book on voting & violence during the American Civil War.

At MC, I help lead the Midwest Matters poll, pre-law, and Moot Court. I’ll be dept chair next year.