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, 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.