I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in August 2014. Vince Hutchings and Arthur Lupia co-chaired the dissertation, with Mary Corcoran, Don Kinder, and Rob Mickey also serving on the committee.
My research examines two defining features of the American political system: racial inequality and economic inequality. I focus on the public, because in at least some instances the public has the power to shape policy, and therefore either to perpetuate or mitigate inequality.
When the public chooses which policies and candidates to support, central to these choices are attitudes toward social groups – especially, in my view, attitudes toward racial groups and class groups. My research agenda, therefore, is designed to answer the following questions. First, how do Americans feel about racial, ethnic, and class groups: blacks and whites, Latinos and Asian Americans, the poor and the rich? Second, under what conditions do racial and class attitudes shape public opinion and electoral behavior?
Most of my published articles identify the extent to which, and the conditions under which, prejudice against blacks affects white public opinion and electoral behavior.
In addition, a book project, "Why Americans Love the Welfare State," examines the puzzling, long-standing pattern of majority support for downwardly redistributive social welfare policies in the United States.