I am a TomKat Center postdoctoral researcher with the Political Psychology Research Group (PPRG) at Stanford University. My work focuses on identifying the causes of public misperceptions on climate change. I earned my Ph.D. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, supporting the Public Opinion Learning and Sentiment (POLS) Lab.
My research asks how American voters evaluate politicians and hold them accountable in an environment increasingly characterized by high levels of polarization and strong partisan identities. My work has appeared in The Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Electoral Studies, The International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Gender & Politics, and The Journal of Experimental Political Science. Excerpts from this work were also featured in The Washington Post, Politico, Vox, and The Hill.
I am been involved in a number of projects that seek to determine how citizens process new political information and hold politicians accountable for their actions. In a book project based on my dissertation, I address the topic of political compassion. I argue that the determination that a politician is compassionate often depends on citizens perceiving a commonality that links them to the politician. I develop a classification scheme for the sources of commonality between citizens and politicians, including shared experience, shared emotion, and shared identity. These connections are critical in proving to citizens that a politician is truly empathetic and deserving of support.
I am additionally working on projects in the field of survey methodology. I worked as the Research Methodology Fellow with The Washington Post’s Polling Division in 2018 and am currently working with PPRG colleagues on research that examines sampling techniques and survey modes as important determinants of polling accuracy.