I am a Lecturer and Coordinator of the Graduate Statistics Program in the School of International Service at American University. I earned my PhD in Government from the University of Texas and specialize in the study of political campaigns and voting behavior in the American and Comparative contexts. I focus on the communication strategies candidates employ in response to the economic and institutional constraints they face and the effects of these strategies on voters and policymakers.
In my book manuscript, 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 priming-based 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 is forthcoming 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.