Welcome! I am a quantitative researcher and Ph.D. in Political Science. My research focuses on public opinion and political psychology, most notably why and how American citizens form anti-democratic beliefs. Prior to attending the University of Houston, I received my MA in Political Science from SUNY Stony Brook, and two BAs in Political Science and Philosophy from William Paterson University of New Jersey.

I currently work as an Evaluation Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, focusing on quantitative and qualitative survey design, implementation, and analysis. I am a collaborative problem solver committed to ethical, human-centered quantitative research methods practices.

In my dissertation, I argue that feeling a lack of control over one’s life makes people more likely to endorse conspiracy theories, adopt populist beliefs, and support political violence. I am also interested in identifying the causes and consequences of misinformation and propaganda. Alongside my substantive research, I am also interested in survey and experimental design, such as how to improve measures capturing important political concepts and how to design more effective experiments. My prior research has appeared in Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Experimental Political Science, and Political Research Quarterly.

Although my work primarily utilizes quantitative methodology to probe political questions, I am also trained in 19th and 20th century German philosophy and am still very much involved in the problems and solutions critical theory offers in today’s society. Outside of academia, I enjoy consuming the stories offered by science fiction through various mediums, playing bass guitar, and traveling.