I’m an assistant 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 with psychology, communication, and history–especially mass partisanship & ideology. I’ve written three books (published or forthcoming 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 first book, Neither Liberal nor Conservative (w/ Don Kinder), shows the scarcity & contingency of mass ideology. My second book arrives in Fall 2020. With Ballots & Bullets shows the inter-relation of mass partisanship & violence in the American Civil War. My third book, with Lily Mason, will investigate Radical American Partisanship today (2021). Other projects use experiments, surveys, and unobtrusive measures to examine racially fraught social media, party-group reputations, ideology measures, and communication effects conditioned by audience traits. tl;dr I investigate fractious roots of public opinion and action as mobilized by communication.