Associate Professor, Syracuse University
Senior Researcher, Institute for Democracy, Journalism, & Citizenship
Andrew Carnegie Fellow, 2022-2025
I am an associate professor of Communications and Magazine, News, and Digital Journalism in the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and an associate professor of political science (by courtesy) in the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs. I am also a Senior Researcher in the Institute for Democracy, Journalism & Citizenship, and a Senior Research Associate in the Campbell Public Affairs Institute.
I am a 2022 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. I study American government and political communication, with an emphasis on political behavior, campaign strategy, and local media.
Until August 2023, I was an associate professor of political communication in the Manship School of Mass Communication and the Department of Political Science at Louisiana State University. I also served as Manship's Associate Dean for Research & Strategic Initiatives from 2022-23.
My first book, Home Style Opinion: How Local Newspapers Can Slow Polarization (with Matthew P. Hitt and Johanna L. Dunaway), was published in 2021 by Cambridge University Press' series Elements in Politics and Communication. The manuscript of my second book, Storefront Campaigning (with Sean Whyard; expected Spring 2024), is under review and under advance contract from Cambridge University Press' series Elements in Campaigns and Elections.
I have written about politics and media for The Boston Globe, FiveThirtyEight, The Washington Post, Vox, Mischiefs of Faction, The Conversation, Nieman Journalism Lab, and Scientific American. I also serve on the editorial board of the journal Political Communication.
You can visit my Google Scholar profile here. My research is published or forthcoming in Journal of Communication, Political Communication, Perspectives on Politics, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, PLoS ONE, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journal of Political Marketing, and Political Science Research & Methods.
I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2015, and my B.A. in political science from Boston College in May 2009. I grew up in Newton, Massachusetts.