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 mass political behavior and democracy with psychology, communication, and history—especially partisanship, ideology, and violence. I’ve written three books and nearly two dozen academic articles in those directions, and that work has often been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Vox, FiveThirtyEight, Politico, and other popular outlets.
My 1st book, Neither Liberal nor Conservative (2017, w/ Don Kinder), shows the scarcity & contingency of ideology in the public. My award–winning 2nd book, With Ballots & Bullets (2020), shows the reciprocal links between partisan voting & violence in the US Civil War. My 3rd book, Radical American Partisanship (2022, w/ Lily Mason), investigates violent partisan views today. My next book, American Revolutions, will focus on US democratization & backsliding past & present on representation & rights. It traces dominating & democratizing factions through history in parties & public, plus present-day surveys of political elites, persuasion tests, & mechanisms of change.
Current projects use mixed methods to evaluate threats against women in politics, assess public rejection of elections, & test the voting impact of policy ads and frames that rebalance local spending in policed communities. In sum, I investigate fractious roots of public opinion and action as mobilized by communication, with a focus on meaningful democracy.