My research centers on representation and citizen competence in American politics. In particular, I study how individuals make inferences about elected officials, political candidates, parties, and policies. I approach my research with a variety of tools, including laboratory experiments, survey experiments, and observational methods. This work has been published in journals like the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics.
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science in the School of Public & International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Prior to my time in Georgia, I was a member of the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. I received my PhD in Political Science (major emphasis: American politics and political methodology, minor in political psychology) from the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. During my time at the U of M, I was an active member of the Center for the Study of Political Psychology. I also served as a fellow and coordinator for the Center in 2011. I received my BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, Morris.