I received a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University in 2008 and a BA in political science from Rutgers University. Prior to my appointment at the Maxwell School, I was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California-Berkeley. My primary research interests are in American politics, political psychology,political communication, and experimental methods.
The interest that motivates my research is how the tone and content of the political media environment influences how Americans seek political information and form opinions. In particular, I’m interested in how citizens learn and form attitudes when politics is threatening, whether threats come from terrorism, public health outbreaks, or media and elite rhetoric.
My book with Bethany Albertson, University of Texas, Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World, published from Cambridge University Press, explores how anxiety over policy issues like immigration, public health, terrorism, and climate change affect how Americans seek political information, their trust in government, and public opinion. In a new project, I’m working with a cross-national group of scholars from Norway, Finland, and Spain exploring the effects of terrorism on social capital, societal resilience, and public opinion across four countries. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Norwegian Research Council, Campbell Public Affairs Institute, Princeton Policy Research Institute for the Region, and the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. My work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Political Psychology, Political Communication, Perspectives on Politics, Politics, Groups, and Identities and edited volumes on experimental methods and political psychology.