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My research and teaching mostly focuses on campaigns, elections, and polling... but I am easily excited by just about any question related to politics or public policy. I am currently working on projects about how misinformation impacts the gaps in political knowledge between those who regularly follow the news and those who pay less attention; how quickly people forget information they learn about public policies; how information about candidates' policy positions impacts the use of racial stereotypes to infer a candidate's ideology; how information about a donor's giving to political campaigns shapes the esteem voters have for that donor; how candidates' use of racial and ethnic diversity in campaign advertisements varies across the United States; and how school accountability systems impact the tone and content of media coverage and the public's perceptions of 'school quality.
Examples of my recently published work include:
"From the Constituent’s Eye: Experimental Evidence on the District Selection Preferences of Individuals" forthcoming in Political Research Quarterly (with Jonathan Winurn & Conor M. Dowling)
"Changing the Clock: The Role of Campaigns in the Timing of Vote Decisions" 2016 in Public Opinion Quarterly (with D. Sunshine Hillygus)
"Relative Performance Information and Perceptions of Public Service Quality: Evidence from American School Districts" 2016 in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (with Samuel Barrows, Paul E. Peterson, and Martin R. West)
"Finding the Way Home: The Dynamics of Partisan Support in Presidential Campaigns" 2015 in Political Behavior