I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Mississippi. Prior to this position, I was a Postdoctoral Scientist at The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. I received my PhD from the Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University, with concentrations in Political Psychology and Political Methodology. My research broadly covers Political Behavior, Public Opinion, Ideology, Partisan Polarization, and Political Communication in American politics, and employs quantitative, content analysis, survey, and experimental methods.
More specifically, my dissertation (which won the 2015 Best Dissertation Award from the International Society of Political Psychology) examines how authoritarian dispositions influence citizens' perceptions of their partisan identities as social identities; and how these perceptions, in turn, have structured the nature of partisan polarization in the United States. Other research interests of mine include the role of individuals' social networks on political information seeking and processing; the effects of empathy, race, and ideology on social welfare preferences; how elites' message framing and rhetorical styles impact the association between citizens' personality dispositions and their policy preferences; and how biological mechanisms can influence ideological values.
My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation: Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences, and published in Political Psychology and Political Behavior. Projects nearing completion include a manuscript which examines how the ideological positions and social identities of party elites influenced the link between authoritarianism and mass partisanship in the U.S. over the past forty years, and a project looking at the roles empathy and ideology play in shaping public opinion towards social welfare programs.
In addition, I have received the APSA Political Psychology Section's Distinguished Junior Scholars Award (2013), as well as a Graduate Fellowship from the 2013 Political Networks Conference.
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