My research focuses on Identity Politics, with an emphasis on understanding the psychological mechanisms driving both voter and elite behavior. Using experimental data (survey, lab, and “natural”), as well as historical and text-as data, I explore the democratic implications of identities, such as gender, ethnicity, partisanship and class.
Broadly speaking, I try to better understand 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, labor market participation, the dynamics of policymaking, polarization, and vote-choice. My work has been published in The Journal of Politics and Political Science Research and Methods.
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.