Hi there, welcome to my little spot on the Internet. I’m an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin. My research is animated by studying the interplay between political elites and the public on topics ranging from public opinion to communication, decision-making, political behavior and party identification. Broadly speaking, my research explores a variety of ways to answer the question, “how well does democracy work?” In addition to my scholarly work, I love teaching. While at UNL, I was voted the 2009 Outstanding Educator of the Year by the student body and in 2012 I won the Hazel R. McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award and an award from the Parents Association and Teaching Council for Contributions to Students. If you’d like to take a look at some of my work, you can click on the Research tab above. You can read my CV or check out news coverage of my work, teaching, and political analysis by clicking on the bar above my picture. Recent blog posts are to the right.
Prior to arriving at Wisconsin, I was a political scientist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2007-2012 and at the University of Delaware from 2006-2007. Prior to earning my Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2006, I was a news reporter in Peoria, IL and Omaha, NE and a press secretary on an ill-fated congressional campaign in the 2000 election cycle. I covered presidential primary elections in 2000, gubernatorial elections in Illinois (though the winner is now in prison), state politics (interviewing a state senator named Barack Obama), and local politics.
When I’m not engaging in the study of political communication, I enjoy hanging out with my family, golfing, playing the guitar, reading, cooking, travel, good music, television, and movies, and rooting for the Minnesota Twins and, inexplicably, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Vikings.