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. My book with Don Kinder shows the scarcity of mass ideology, my articles appear in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, Political Psychology, and Political Behavior, and my work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Vox, and other popular outlets.
I’ll be away from teaching 2018-19 to finish my next book, With Ballots & Bullets, on mass partisanship & violence in the American Civil War. Other projects use experiments, surveys, and unobtrusive measures to examine racially fraught social media, party-group reputations, polarization & violent attitudes, and message effects conditioned by audience traits. In sum, I investigate the roots of public opinion and action as mobilized by communication.