My research focuses on Political Psychology, Race, Ethnicity and Gender, as well as Experimental Methods. Using experimental, survey and historical data, I explore the democratic implications of identity politics in two ways.
I first focus on how historical marginalization along racial, ethnic, and gender lines affects political behavior and attitudes. In my dissertation research, I used a series of experiments to unpack the psychology of in-group voting. In an article published in The Journal of Politics, I demonstrate how descriptive representation along racial and gender lines affects political efficacy among American voters. Applying this line of work to a Comparative context, I show (with Professor Cyrus Samii) that repressed productive potential resulting from ethnic discrimination can motivate participation in violent insurgency.
In my second line of research, I study the different ways that discrimination manifests in the political process and affects outcomes for constituents. By counting the frequency with which female and minority legislators are interrupted in the Congressional Record, I explore how such officeholders are able to affect legislative debate. Using text-analysis, I also explore other aspects of their role in the deliberative process and how they are able to influence the implementation of substantively representative policies for their shared-identity constituents. I also examine (with Professor Anna Harvey) the impacts of racial discrimination on economic well-being using historical medical records from Union Army Data.
In the 2017-2018 academic year at Pitt, I will teach two courses, both on Political Psychology, one an undergraduate lecture and the other a PhD seminar.