I’m an associate professor of political communication at Louisiana State University in the Manship School of Mass Communication and Department of Political Science, where I’m proud to be an award-winning teacher.
I study contentious mass political behavior and democracy with psychology, communication, and history—especially mass partisanship & ideology. I’ve written two books and over a dozen academic articles in that direction, and that work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Atlantic, Vox, and other popular outlets.
My 1st book, Neither Liberal nor Conservative (2017, w/ Don Kinder), shows the scarcity & contingency of mass ideology. My 2nd book, With Ballots & Bullets (2020), shows the reciprocal links between mass partisanship & violence in the American Civil War. My 3rd book (w/ Lily Mason), will investigate Radical American Partisanship today (2021). Other projects use experiments, surveys, & unobtrusive measures to examine conflict over racial justice on social media, party-group reputations, and communication effects conditioned by audience traits. In sum, I investigate fractious roots of public opinion and action as mobilized by communication.