I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology at Duke University. My primary interests are in public opinion and survey methodology, with an emphasis on the sociological and psychological forces that shape political behavior.
I hold a PhD in Politics from Princeton University, where I was affiliated with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and a graduate fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion. Prior to graduate studies I was a research associate at the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, where I managed the Utah Voter Poll.
My research and teaching interests are comprised of a substantive interest in the social and psychological forces that shape political decisions and a methodological interest in the design, implementation, and analysis of surveys and survey experiments. A central example is my dissertation research, which uses original in-person exit poll and online surveys, including survey experiments, to understand how social pressures in American congregations shape the political decisions of congregants.
Other areas of my research include political pressures within neighborhoods, the nature and determinants of citizens’ attitudes about surveillance and privacy, and non-traditional forms of civic engagement, including political boycotts and buycotts.