My research interests include U.S. ideologies, political communication in mass and social media, public opinion, and the intersection of identity and political beliefs. I work on methodological problems in measurement, text analysis, and network analysis, and am especially interested in methods that put statistical and computational tools to use in service of our ability to achieve rich qualitative insights. I have published work in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, and several other journals and edited volumes.
Recently, I have begun work on a project examining the emergence of "mass incarceration" and the "carceral state" in the U.S. public imagination. Elements include the articulation of the problem, different approaches to framing and agenda-setting over time, causal attributions, proposed policy solutions, and increasing attention to sub-problems (e.g. wrongful convictions, unequal access to justice, privatization of prisons, impacts on communities, and criminalization of immigrants).
Area of Study:
- American politics
- Public law
- Public policy and organizations
- Political Science