Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clemson University. I specialize in political psychology, public opinion, racial and ethnic politics, and political behavior. My research focuses, broadly speaking, on extremism – what it is, what encourages or discourages it, and its consequences on democracy. In one set of projects, I study the nature of group-based attitudes, which are critical to functioning democracies but can create strong fractures in politics and society more generally. Indeed, I find that easier to understand, ostensibly more positive intergroup interactions can promote negative perceptions of other groups. In other work, I consider how different notions of partisanship polarize citizens by examining the content and consequences of stereotypes of run-of-the-mill partisans. In a separate set of papers, I study the way populist rhetoric prompts divisive political mindsets and cooperation between individuals, how events disconnected from politics prompt anti-status quo evaluations, and how conflict aversion relates to political participation. I also tackle the more fundamental question of what extremism actually is in a paper utilizing latent profile analysis on data from the 2012 and 2016 American National Election Study.
You can see more details about my research projects on the research page of my website. You can access my full CV here