Dissertation Research

My dissertation explores the extent to which group divisions driven by politics can shape theological beliefs among the faithful in America. I argue that religious polarization and group conflict have changed the way American Christians think and speak about their faith. In support of this argument, I use mixed methods, including automated and qualitative text analysis, to examine patterns in religious belief expressed in Christian periodicals. I then link these patterns to shifting religious and political divisions over time. Furthermore, I articulate a new theoretical framework for political scientists to understand and measure religious belief more effectively.


Bucchianeri, Peter, Riley Carney, Ryan D. Enos, Amy Lakeman, and Gabrielle Malina. forthcoming. “What Explains Local Policy Cleavages?: Examining Policy Preferences of Public Officials at the Municipal Level.” Social Science Quarterly.

Strange, Austin, Ryan D. Enos, Mark Hill, and Amy Lakeman. 2019. “Online Volunteer Laboratories for Human Subjects Research.” PLOS ONE 14(8): e0221676.

Uden, Amy. “A Checklist for Alternatives in City-County Consolidation Decisions: From Separation to Unification.” 2016. State and Local Government Review. 48(1):49-62.

Other Works in Progress

“Issue Constraint and Changing Religious Beliefs: Evidence from the Contemporary Birth Control Debate”

“The Effect of Judges’ Religious Diversity on Support for Religious Liberty Claims” (with Albert Rivero)