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 historical marginalization along identity lines affects political behavior and attitudes. In an article published in The Journal of Politics, I demonstrate how descriptive representation along racial and gender lines affects political efficacy. In other work, I study the way that identities affect important political and economic outcomes, such as ethnic conflict, discrimination-based welfare deficits, labor market participation, the dynamics of policymaking, and vote-choice.
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.