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I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Florida State University. I have an M.S. in Political Science from Florida State University, a B.A. in Political Science, and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina Honors College. I am affiliated with the Experimental Social Science Research Group (xs/fs) at Florida State University.


My research spans the areas of political psychology, experimental economics, and public opinion. In my dissertation, I use survey data from the 2012 ANES, panel data from the U.S. states, and a series of laboratory experiments to explore how psychological factors - threat perceptions and blame attributions - and institutional factors - transparency and accountability initiatives - influence the redistributive preferences of individuals and the redistributive behavior of states. In addition to my dissertation research, I am currently working on a series of survey experiments which assess the predictive power of a novel measure of partisan identification – partisan fusion. My published work on moral frames and attitudes toward climate change policy has appeared in the journal Social Science Quarterly.


I have taught undergraduate courses in Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior, Political Psychology, Public Policy, and Policy Evaluation and have been a teaching assistant for undergraduate and graduate-level classes in Research Methods.