I am a sixth-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 text, experimental, and behavioral data to understand how religious polarization can shape the belief systems of faithful 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.