I am an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Loyola University Maryland. My subfield is American Politics, and I focus on representation and political behavior, with particular emphasis on public opinion and perceptions of political institutions. My work integrates survey research, quantitative methods, and political theory. I received my PhD in Political Science from Yale University in May 2014. Courses I teach include Introduction to American Politics and Public Opinion and American Democracy.
I am currently working on a book project based on my dissertation that seeks to answer the question, “How do citizens react to public political disagreement among elected officials?” Given the intensity of partisan conflict we see today, the widespread concerns about incivility and gridlock, and the public’s unusually high levels of frustration with Congress, our knowledge about how citizens interpret political disputes among representatives is surprisingly limited. To rectify this gap, I gathered data through a new nationally representative survey experiment (funded by an NSF dissertation improvement grant) in which I independently manipulated bipartisanship, civility, and legislative accomplishment. (Please see Current Research for further information.)
More broadly, my research agenda focuses on identifying the determinants of political attitudes and public opinion, with a particular emphasis on testing the accuracy of our “folk wisdom” about the sources of political beliefs. I have published co-authored articles in Public Opinion Quarterly and The Journal of Politics on this topic. (Please see Publications and Presentations for further information.)
I am deeply committed to excellence in teaching. Through interactive discussions, regular group work, extensive feedback, and peer evaluation, I structure class meetings to ensure that students engage deeply with the course material, understand and assess work from a variety of methodological approaches, and build their skills in written and oral communication. (Please see Teaching for all evaluations and additional evidence of teaching effectiveness.) As a fellow with the Yale Graduate Teaching Center, I mentored fellow graduate teachers through individual consultations, and developed and facilitated a variety of workshops on teaching skills and strategies, including one on teaching with technology.