I study mass political behavior with communication, psychology, and history. My book with Don Kinder shows the scarcity of mass ideology (University of Chicago Press), some of my articles appear in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, Political Psychology, Political Behavior, and my work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Vox, and others.
I’ll be off from teaching 2018-19 to finish my next book on mass partisanship & violence in the American Civil War. Other projects experimentally test effects of violent metaphors, visual frames, candidate behaviors, and identity cues, each conditioned by audience traits. In sum: I investigate the roots of public opinion and action, with communication as a dynamic impetus.