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I am a fifth-year PhD student in the Department of Government at Harvard University. I study American politics, with an emphasis on religion and politics in both contemporary and historical America. I use experimental, behavioral, and archival data to understand how religious polarization creates conditions under which politics can shape the belief systems of religious individuals. I am also interested in state and local government and political geography.

Prior to grad school, I worked in community planning and public health in Springfield, Illinois. I earned my MPA from the University of Illinois-Springfield in 2013 and my BA in political science and history from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2011.