About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas.

My work concentrates on political communication and public opinion, primarily, in the context of American politics.

I analyze how people form policy preferences and what shapes their political attitudes. In several studies, I examine the extent to which political parties and elected officials influence public opinion. More recently, my research has focused on the effects of wrongful convictions for attitudes toward the death penalty and support for criminal justice policy reform. In other work, I examine how racial disparities in the justice system impact trust in police. ​I have a related research agenda on the generalizability of experiments in the social sciences. 

I have published my work in Political Behavior, Political Communication, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Experimental Political Science, Journal of Experimental Criminology, Presidential Studies Quarterly, PS: Political Science & Politics, American  Politics Research, and the Policy Studies Journal. In 2017, I was named Appalachian State University's Outstanding Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences. I am the 2019-2020 Ethan and Martha Allen Research Chair in American Politics.