B.A. (summa cum laude), Union College, 2005
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2012
Research Fields: Race, Religion, Gender, Immigration, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Policy Attitudes
Courses: Exit Poll; Public Opinion; Immigration Politics; Experiments; Identity Politics; Religion and Politics; American Federal Government
About me: I am an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Political Science department at the University of Oklahoma, where I study group identity in the context of American political behavior. I also serve as a faculty member for Latinx Studies and Women and Gender Studies. I run OU’s Community Engagement + Experiments Laboratory (CEEL), Oklahoma City’s Community Poll (Exit Poll), and OU’s Democracy Survey of OU freshmen. For fun, I like to lend research support to organizations seeking to increase civic engagement and improve the democratic health of their local communities.
This year, I am serving as a 2023-2024 Public Religion Research Fellow. I am honored to be the 2024 recipient (w. Ana Bracic and Mackenzie Israel-Trummel) of the Southern Political Science Association's Best Overall Paper Award and the Marian Irish Award for Best Paper on Women and Politics.
My co-authored Cambridge University Press book, The Everyday Crusade: Christian Nationalism in American Politics (2022 – w. Eric L. McDaniel and Irfan Nooruddin), examines the relationship between American religious exceptionalism and prejudicial and antidemocratic attitudes. I am currently extending this line of research to examine the many faces of ethnocultural nationalism (EN) – defining American identity according to ascriptive traits such as race, religion, and gender (w. Ana Bracic and Mackenzie Israel-Trummel). Based on our recent publication on EN’s relationship to family separation policy attitudes, we will analyze EN’s relationship to a wide array of policy attitudes and behavioral outcomes across the US, Australia, Denmark, Austria, and Slovenia. I have an emerging research agenda focused on the intersection of religious identity and behavioral political administration. I am also part of a trans-disciplinary and cross-university research team that uses community engaged approaches to assist with rural renewal efforts in Oklahoma.
At the doctoral level, I teach courses on group identity, public opinion/political psychology, and behavioral research methods.