Areas of Expertise

political communication, political psychology, political behavior, public opinion

Education

PhD, University of Virginia 2015
MA, University of Virginia 2011
BA, George Washington University 2008

Teaching Philosophy

As a political psychologist, I am drawn to the study of why people make political decisions and the factors compelling them to enter and exit the political arena. As a teacher, I look to encourage curiosity in my students, facilitating an environment that allows them to explore approaches to politics and feel comfortable asking the sometimes difficult questions about inequality, resources, and interests that drive political science. My role is not simply to impart information, but to provide students with an environment where they can develop professional skills and critical thinking while connecting the research and methodology of academic work to the everyday politics they glean from media or through volunteer service, clubs and work experience.

Previous Courses

Mass Media and American Politics

Electoral Behavior and Political Participation (“Campaigns, Candidates and Citizens”)

Political Psychology

American Politics

Fact or Fantasy? Public Opinion and American Democracy

Governing Diversity: Race and Ethnicity in American Politics

Seminars

Selected Presentation and Invited Talks

“Uncivil Exposure: The relationship between political incivility, conflict orientation, and selective exposure” Paper presented at the 2014 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

“Conflict Resolution through Selective Exposure: The Effects of Conflict Orientation on Media Choice” Poster presented at the 2013 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting , Chicago, IL

“Assessing Student Learning in Political Science” Poster presented at the 2013 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (with Nicole Pankiewicz and Lynn Sanders ), Chicago, IL

“Psychological Moderators of Information Acquisition: The Case of Conflict Orientation” Paper presented at the 2013 International Society of Political Psychologists Annual Meeting, Herzliya, Israel

“Fighting Words: The Effects of Conflict Orientation and Civility on Individuals’ Willingness to Engage in Political Discussion” Paper presented at the 2013 Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago IL (with Nicole Pankiewicz)

Invited Panelist, Colonial Williamsburg Connect Webcast: “Civil Discourse.” October 18, 2012, Williamsburg, VA

“Ready to Engage: Using Implicit and Explicit Measures of Individual Conflict Orientation to Understand Media Consumption and Political Participation” Paper presented at the 2012 Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

Affiliations

American Political Science Association

Midwest Political Science Association

International Society for Political Psychology

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