My research focuses on American Politics, and is motivated by a desire to understand how the interactions among the mass public and elites, political institutions, and policies explain important outcomes.
While the particular set of topics that I write about has evolved over time, I remain centrally interested in how individuals think about the government, how these attitudes are shaped by government action and political campaigns, and how those beliefs in turn shape citizens' political activities and government policy.
I draw on multiple methodologies in my research, including field interviews, formal modeling, survey and administrative records analysis, and field-, lab-, and quasi-experiments.
Recently I have spent a great deal of time working on questions about the legitimacy and consequences of the criminal justice system, partisanship, social norms, and citizens' beliefs about government and participation. You can read more here.