Welcome!

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. I received my PhD from the Department of Politics at New York University in 2017.

I study the democratic implications of identity, with an emphasis on understanding the psychological mechanisms driving both voter and elite behavior.

Broadly speaking, I study how political representation along identity lines affects behavior and attitudes, as well as the causes and consequences of discrimination and bias. In published and working papers, I study the way that identities affect important political and economic outcomes, such as democratic legitimacy, ethnic conflict, discrimination-based welfare deficits, polarization, the dynamics of policymaking, labor market participation, and vote choice.

My work is published or forthcoming in The Journal of Politics, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Political Science Research and Methods, Political Behavior, and Political Psychology.

At Pitt I teach Political Psychology, both an undergraduate and a PhD seminar. I also teach undergraduate seminars on Identity in American Politics and Women in Politics, as well as an advanced PhD methods course on Causal Inference.