About Me

I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Oberlin College, teaching courses on American politics, political psychology, social movements, and quantitative research methods. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University in 2019.

My broad research interests include public opinion, political psychology, ideology, and the politics of identity. I have a particular interest in intergroup conflict, polarization, and the potential for political cooperation between groups. My research focuses on the relationship between people’s social identities and their core values, as well as the impact of both phenomena on intergroup relations, coalition building, and perceptions of democratic representation.

I have several other ongoing research projects. Topics include the public’s mental images of political party supporters and the effects of those stereotypes on partisan polarization; the role of interest groups in the formation and maintenance of social identities, which in turn influence individuals’ policy preferences and behavior; and pedagogy in the field of American politics.