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.
My second book is under review. With Ballots & Bullets investigates mass partisanship & violence in the American Civil War. My third book, with Lily Mason, will investigate radical partisanship today. 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. In sum, I investigate the roots of public opinion and action as mobilized by communication.