My research focuses on Identity Politics, with an emphasis on understanding the psychological mechanisms driving both voter and elite behavior. Using experimental, survey and text-as data, I explore the democratic implications of identities, such as gender, ethnicity 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 other important political and economic outcomes, such as ethnic conflict, labor market participation, the dynamics of policymaking, and vote-choice.
I teach Political Psychology, both an undergraduate and a PhD seminar. I also teach an undergraduate seminar on Identity in American Politics, and an advanced PhD methods course on Causal Inference.