Hello, and welcome to my website. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Louisville. I am also an instructor in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research and the Global School for Empirical Research Methods where I teach advanced courses on measurement and scaling methodologies.
Very broadly, my research is focused on deciphering how people think about politics. What things are most important to them? How are their opinions and feelings organized? And, how might the answers to these questions differ across political, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups?
More specifically, my research focuses on three main topics:
the nature of conspiratorial thought and the effect of conspiracy thinking and misinformation on public opinion
the measurement of racial prejudice and the role of orientations toward other racial groups in political behavior
the differential impact of emotions, subjective perceptions, and core value orientations on polarization
Using the links at the top of this page you can find information regarding my research and teaching interests, copies of published and working papers, and a complete curriculum vitae.