Research

My current research and published work span American politics, political psychology and motivated reasoning, public opinion, and social identity. 

Current Projects

The Consequences of Imperfect Partisanship for Political Decisions. Partisanship has a tremendous influence on political preferences and behavior in American politics. However, people are not perfect partisans. Most partisans disagree with their party on at least one issue or have a social identity that is more typically associated with the opposing party. In this project, I develop and test a theoretical framework to evaluate how individuals manage and resolve their party-conflicting beliefs and identities, and how these conflicts or "cross-pressures" influence political decisions. My findings reveal how changes in the political environment alter voting behavior, and how partisans respond to the environment by constructing their own interpretation of how partisanship and their beliefs and identities intersect.

Personal Experience with Medical Bills and Public Opinion on Health Reform. A majority of U.S. adults report that they have at some point experienced a medical bill they could not afford. These medical bills are hard to predict and have severe consequences: High and unexpected medical bills have caused many Americans to deplete their savings, take out loans, declare bankruptcy and put off additional medical care. In this study, I examine how experiences with high and unexpected healthcare costs feed back into the attitudes individuals hold toward health reform policy and government involvement in the healthcare system.

Publications

“Personal Experience and Public Opinion: Assessing Conditional Policy Feedback." 2017. The Journal of Politics 79(2): 624-41. With Amy E. Lerman [University of California, Berkeley].

"Attitude Responsiveness and Partisan Bias: Direct Experience with the Affordable Care Act." 2016. Political Behavior DOI 10.1007/s11109-016-9337-9.

"College Socialization and the Economic Views of Affluent Americans." 2016.  American Journal of Political Science DOI 10.1111/ajps.12265. With Tali Mendelberg and Adam Thal [Princeton University].

"Political Ideology, Skin Tone, and the Psychology of Candidate Evaluations." 2015. Public Opinion Quarterly 79(1): 53-90. With Amy E. Lerman and Meredith L. Sadin [University of California, Berkeley].

"After It's Too Late: Estimating the Policy Impacts of Black Mayoralties in U.S. Cities." 2012. American Politics Research 40(4): 665-700. With Daniel J. Hopkins [University of Pennsylvania].