Research

The most recent version of my CV can be found here.

My research sits broadly within political psychology and American political behavior. I put a great deal of focus on research questions about how emotions and affective entities influence political attitudes and behavior. I employ mostly experimental methods in order to address political cognition and how individuals process their political worlds. 

My dissertation focuses on emotions; more specifically, I look at what types of people experience political anxiety and how these experiences of anxiety differentially influence political engagement and participation. I argue that individual differences affecting subconscious and conscious attention to politics operate as selection mechanisms into experiencing situations that may induce political anxiety. Because of this, anxiety will not influence political behavior uniformly. I use a variety of experimental methods in addition to surveys to address the theoretical questions in my dissertation including selection experiments, physiological methods, and cognitive behavioral tasks.

I have a handful of other projects (reported more in-depth on the projects page) in more advanced stages that mostly center around emotion and perception and their effects on opinions and attitudes more broadly. These other projects include the role of emotion in aggressive responses to moral transgressions against political groups, how biological attribution of ideology influences prejudice and intolerance, how political appointments of someone accused of sexual assault influence perceptions of threats to women's rights, the role of unstable high self-esteem in aggression and support for political violence, how framing of information contributes to willingness to punish political leaders, and the effects of ideological extremism on perception of one's own ideology and how this differentially affects voting behavior based on electoral context. Other ongoing projects focus on the role of anxiety vs. stress in politics and the role of competition in political participation.

I have training in a wide variety of methodological techniques including experimental design, advanced causal inference, physiological measures, neuroscience techniques, and statistical learning.