I am an Assistant Professor of American politics in the political science department at the University of Southern Mississippi. My research centers on political identity and activism as expressed through party politics in the electorate, and governmental institutions.
I investigate the consequences of changing political and social identities for party politics. Specifically, my dissertation focuses on the role of secularism and attitudes about science in shaping individual political identification and motivating partisan activism. In addition to my interest in party politics, my research examines religion and politics, political polarization, comparative politics and development, and public opinion.
I was born and raised in Denver, CO and completed my PhD at the University of Notre Dame and my BA in political science at the University of Oklahoma.
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