I am an Assistant Professor of Political Communication in the Department of Political Science & the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. Before coming to LSU, I was an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Alabama. My research examines how strategic campaign communication affects voters decision-making especially when voters are considering non-traditional candidates.

More specifically, my research agenda focuses on identifying the psychological underpinnings motivating political attitudes and behaviors. I focus on examining the influence of the news

media, campaign strategies, and other political institutions on how 

voters behave.  I incorporate theories and methods from psychology,

public opinion, and mass  communication into my research.  My work

has been published in Political Psychology, Political Behavior, and the​ 

International Journal of Press/Politics among other journals.  Read

more here about my current research projects.

​I teach courses on political psychology, public opinion, and gender

and politics. For more information about my courses please visit

the teaching page.

When I'm not teaching or researching I enjoy traveling, baking, 

reading, sitting on the beach, and running marathons.