I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Political Science
Department at Claremont Graduate University. I study
American Politics, Public Policy, and Race, Ethnicity, and
In my dissertation, I investigate the role of state-level
media in policy preference formation and legislative
outcomes. In focusing on the state-level, my dissertation
aims to better understand how the media might affect the
legislative process undertaken by state legislatures,
especially when states are undergoing demographic shifts. Additionally, my dissertation research explores how opinions are formed on immigration policy in light of media coverage and demographic changes.
My broad research interests include state and local politics, political communication, text-as-data, political behavior, and institutions. My work has explored the tone of communications by presidential candidates, and how rhetoric is used during wartime. I have also looked into how religious candidates are evaluated on an assortment of issues, including immigration, and how individuals come to perceive out-group religious candidates. In addition, I have co-published a piece on ethics in experimental research alongside Jennifer Merolla, which appears in Ethics and Experiments: Problems and Solutions for Social Scientists and Policy Professionals. I also recently served as an editorial assistant for the Journal of Politics.