I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Illinois College, in Jacksonville, Illinois. Before my current appointment, I had been a Visiting Assistant Professor and Mock Trial coach at Rhodes College. In December 2016, I completed my dissertation and received my doctorate with distinction from Loyola University Chicago.
I study political behavior with experiments, focusing on political cognition, neuropolitics, and the emotion of disgust. My dissertation pushes at the edge of cognitive neuroscience and political psychology using survey data, behavioral experiments, and electroencephalography (reading electrical signals from the scalp).
In the classroom, I have been a highly rated instructor for courses such as introduction to American politics, political behavior, public opinion, survey methodology, and political psychology. My pride and joy is my interdisciplinary course on Biology and Politics, where political science and biology majors meet together to explore the evolutionary roots of our politics.
Recent & Cool:
- "Voting Turnout and Referendum Outcomes on Same-Sex Marriage, 1998-2015" accepted for publication at Social Science Quarterly. More information available here.
- Rhodes College Mock Trial finishes top 5 in the nation and is now ranked as the third best mock trial program in the country. [link]
- My Rhodes College Mock Trial team goes undefeated at American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Louisville Regional Tournament, winning the tournament and bringing home three individual awards.
- For the first time it its history, the Rhodes College Mock Trial program successfully obtains five regional bids to super regionals. Only one institution has ever won more regional bids (Miami University earned six in 2010). [link]
- Successfully defended my dissertation at Loyola University Chicago on August 23rd, 2016.
- "Public Opinion and Democratic Party Ownership of Prosperity The Political Legacy of the Great Depression, 1955-2013" published in print at American Politics Research. More information available here.
- "How Disgust Influences Health Purity Attitudes" published at Political Behavior. More information available here.
- Work on disgust and politics (with Scott Clifford) profiled here, at the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School. [link][pdf]
- Work with my excellent team is profiled here: London School of Economics Daily Blog on American Politics and Policy. "How Obama’s economic stewardship could help Democrats for generations to come." [link][pdf]
- More sightings available on the about page.