Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clemson University. I specialize in political psychology, public opinion, race and ethnic politics, and political behavior. My research focuses, broadly speaking, on the roots of extremism and moderation in individuals’ attitudes. More specifically, 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 ostensibly more positive intergroup interactions can promote negative perceptions of other groups. My dissertation examines the effects of brief interactions with outgroup strangers in three different experiments, all of which manipulate the ease of communication in these encounters. In other work, I consider how different notions of partisanship polarize citizens by examining the content and affective charge of stereotypes of run-of-the-mill partisans. In a separate set of papers, I also study the way populist rhetoric prompts divisive political mindsets and cooperation between individuals, and how events disconnected from politics prompt anti-status quo evaluations.
You can see more details about my research projects on the research page of my website. You can access my full CV here