I am an Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods and Coordinator of Graduate Methods in the School of International Service at American University. I specialize in the study of political campaigns and public opinion in a Comparative perspective. My substantive work evaluates how and how often candidates address economic issues in televised ads and the effects of these strategies on voters.
In my book, Candidate in Command, I argue that electoral candidates, by emphasizing or deemphasizing economic issues in televised campaign ads, condition voters' willingness to hold governments responsible for their economic stewardship. I evaluate this campaign-centered approach against the conventional expectation that candidates have little influence on the economic vote. A manuscript based on this research was published recently in the Journal of Politics. Another study which presents experimental evidence in support of this approach was also published recently in the Journal of Politics.
My research has been funded by multiple sources, including a Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a competitive grant from the TESS program (Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences). My previous work on the power of policymakers to implement ideologically-driven economic policy in South America's "neoliberal era" was published recently in Comparative Political Studies.