I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Marquette Democracy Lab. My research explores the intersections between politics and inequality, including class biases in turnout, money in electoral campaigns, and how public policy affects societal inequalities. I am currently working on a book manuscript (joint with Meghan Condon, Loyola University) that examines how Americans use social comparisons to make sense of income inequality and how such frames of reference affect attitudes about redistribution and feelings of political power. My ongoing projects look at the effects of the foreclosure crisis on voting participation and whether information communication technologies can help close socioeconomic gaps in local civic engagement. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University’s Center for the Study of American Politics. I previously worked at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in Washington, DC.
My research has appeared in American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review, among others. You can read about some of my work and other commentary featured here:
“Sanders shouldn’t drop out for Clinton’s sake,” FiveThirtyEight
“20 years on, here’s how welfare reform held back immigrants’ children — in some states,” Washington Post, MonkeyCage
“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
“Why We Should Care About Dark Money Ads,” Wesleyan Media Project
“Wisconsin Supreme Court Election Raises Concerns About Partisanship,” New York Times