I am Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods in the School of International Service (SIS) at American University. I also serve as the Coordinator of Graduate Methods. I specialize in the study of political behavior and statistical methods.  My primary substantive work evaluates when, how, and to what extent messages from public officials and the media shape the national political agenda.  I have also taken up projects examining the effect of household water access on children's education in Sub Saharan Africa and the effect of economic globalization on tax policy in South America.

My research has been published in the Journal of Politics and Comparative Political Studies, and my book Economic Voting: A Campaign-Centered Theory was recently accepted for publication at Cambridge University Press.  Pieces of these projects were funded by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the TESS program (Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences).