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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, political behavior, 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. My work on how strength of partisan affiliation influences the evaluation of ideologically impure copartisans is forthcoming at The Journal of Experimental Political Science . 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.