I study the politics of racial inequality and economic inequality in the United States, with particular attention to the role of the mass public in perpetuating or mitigating inequality.

When the public chooses which policies and candidates to support, central to their choices are attitudes toward social groups. My research asks: how do Americans feel about racial groups and class groups? Second, how do these attitudes toward racial and class groups shape public opinion and electoral behavior?

My scholarship has won numerous awards, including three grants from the Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences program. I have been named a Distinguished Junior Scholar by the Political Psychology Section of the American Political Science Association.