Hello, and welcome to my website! I am an Associate 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 where I teach an advanced course 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 racial out-groups in political behavior
The differential impact of emotions, subjective perceptions, and core value orientations on polarization
My work has been published in several academic outlets, such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Political Communication, and the Harvard Misinformation Review. I've also recently written for The Atlantic and The Washington Post, and was interviewed by Politico Magazine (who published the full transcript of our conversation here).