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 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 physical and mental health of their communities.
For the 2022 midterms, my exit poll class will be helping SoonerPoll, News9 (OKC), and News on 6 (Tulsa), to poll early voters around the state. My students will also be polling voters in OKC’s urban core on Election Day. Stay tuned!
My new 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 several countries. I also have an emerging research agenda focused on the intersection of religious identity and behavioral political administration.
At the doctoral level, I teach courses on group identity, public opinion/political psychology, and behavioral research methods.