I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago. My research focuses on the social roots of political engagement and public opinion, with a specific focus on how inequality structures democratic life in the United States. My other interests include experimental methods, program evaluation, children's political development, education policy, and voter turnout.
My work appears in Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Policy Studies Journal, Social Science Quarterly, and other academic journals, and is forthcoming at The Journal of Politics. It has been supported by the National Science Foundation Time Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS) program and the Department of Education Institute for Education Sciences (IES). I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012).
Summaries of my recent research:
“Improving Verbal Learning in Schools Can Increase Political Engagement and Encourage Voting Later in Life.” United States Policy and Politics Blog. London School of Economics.
"Excluding Latino Immigrant Families from the Social Safety Net Hurts Their Children’s Educational Outcomes.” United States Policy and Politics Blog. London School of Economics.
“20 Years on, Here’s How Welfare Reform Held Back Immigrants’ Children – In Some States.” Washington Post, The Monkey Cage.