I am an Assistant Professor (General Faculty) in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia.
I study political political psychology and public opinion, mostly in the United States but also in Europe. My core research interests are in how people perceive the social world and how these perceptions affect political preferences and behaviors. I am also deeply interested in political methodology with particular emphasis on measurement of politically relevant beliefs and attitudes beyond standard survey self-reports.
In my dissertation, I explore the implications of mental images (or schemas) about immigrants for public attitudes toward immigration. It has received the 2021 Best Dissertation Award from the International Society of Political Psychology.
My research has been published in Political Analysis, the Journal of Politics, and Public Opinion Quarterly, among others.
I hold a PhD in Political Science and an MA in Statistics from the University of Michigan.