I earned my PhD from the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University, specializing in American politics and quantitative methods. I apply theories of social psychology to understand American political attitudes and behavior. I draw on survey and laboratory experiments, field experiments, and large-n data obtained from online sources to advance my research agenda.
Broadly, my work concerns the interface between politics and society. My dissertation explores the social consequences of partisan polarization, focusing on the spillover of political considerations into “nonpolitical” judgments and behaviors. In addition to my dissertation, I am involved in ongoing research on party images and partisan stereotypes, disagreement and conflict aversion, science communication, race and partisanship in higher education, and the role of emotions in shaping attitudes toward economic inequality. My research has been supported by competitively awarded university grants and Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences, and has appeared in outlets including the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Political Communication, Political Psychology, and Weather, Climate, and Society.
Prior to graduate school, I worked as a market researcher, a political campaign operative, and in the non-profit sector, and was a Fulbright scholar to Indonesia (2011-12). I graduated from Allegheny College with a B.A. in Political Science and English (Phi Beta Kappa) in 2010.