Research

I study the effects of government on political engagement. My research interests include contemporary and historical political behavior, institutions, and political psychology.  I draw upon a variety of methods including archival research, quantitative analysis, experimental methods, and surveys.

Policies and Participation
My current research looks at what happens to political engagement when individuals experience government institutions firsthand in a significant way.  It is said that “policies create politics,” but it is unclear under what circumstances people are mobilized to participate in reaction to government programs.  Initially, I am focusing on policies that are characterized by tradeoffs between individual interests and public goods provision: military conscription and eminent domain.  More generally, this line of research offers evidence of the link between political evaluations and participation.

Voter Mobilization
In other research, I study voter turnout. I have conducted a number of field experiments across varied electoral contexts and diverse constituent groups.  Recent research examines the effect of “social pressure,” or priming social norms on turnout.

For more information about my publications and working papers, please refer to my CV.