Welcome!

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. I will be a Fellow at Princeton’s Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP) for the 2020-2021 academic year. 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 in The Journal of Politics, Political Science Research and Methods, and Political Behavior.

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.