Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Saint Michael’s College. I study state and local politics, public opinion, and political behavior, with a focus on the intersection of policing and politics. My primary research uses experiments to examine how controversial policing, such as police shootings, affects the public’s opinion of the police and local government, as well as the public’s attitudes towards policing policy.
I also use experiments to examine varied aspects of political behavior with my co-authors, including how religion affects foreign intervention policy preferences, how local election results can affect a political party’s national prospects, and how shocks can affect network formation and behavior. The latter research was conducted as part of the Social and Political Interacting Networks interdisciplinary research team at the University of California, Davis under the direction of Distinguished Professor Zeev Maoz. I teach undergraduate courses on topics including the American government, American constitutional law, criminal justice, and American state and local government.