I am an assistant professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University, where I study elections, campaigns and polling.  I have a Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University.

I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where I attended Louisiana State University.  At LSU I earned a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Animal, Dairy, and Poultry Science, but most importantly I met my lovely wife. 

After nearly a decade away - including stints in Massachusetts and Mississippi - we returned to Baton Rouge in 2014. We have a inquisitive, silly seven-year-old daughter and a sweet, rambunctious three-year-old son.  Whether it is racing to get my daughter out of ballet slippers and into soccer cleats in time for practice or chasing down my son before he finds a way to climb into the dishwasher, my best moments are those spent with them. 

We are a family of sports fans, devoted to our LSU Fighting Tigers and the New Orleans Saints.  Our time in Boston led us to join the Fenway Faithful cheering on the Red Sox.  And, of course, we never miss a game of our favorite soccer team of seven-year old girls!