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Academic Positions

George Washington University

Associate Professor of Political Science, 2014-present

Assistant Professor of Political Science, 2012-2014


American University

Assistant Professor of Government, 2010-2012


Syracuse University

Assistant Professor of Political Science, 2006-2010



University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D. in Government, 2006

M.A. in Government, 2004

Bachelor of Journalism, with honors, 1998



2013. Influence from Abroad: Foreign Voices, the Media, and U.S. Public Opinion. New York: Cambridge University Press. (with Matt Guardino)


Refereed Journal Articles

Forthcoming. “Who Cares What They Wear? Media, Gender, and the Influence of Candidate Appearance.” Social Science Quarterly. (with Jennifer L. Lawless and Gail Baitinger) | Appendix


2012. “The Intersection of Redistricting, Race, and Participation.” American Journal of Political Science 56(1): 115-130. (with Seth C. McKee)


2011. “The Influence of Foreign Voices on U.S. Public Opinion.” American Journal of Political Science 55(4): 830-850. (with Matt Guardino)


2011. “When Gender and Party Collide: Stereotyping in Candidate Trait Attribution.” Politics & Gender 7(2): 133-165.


2010. “Trait Voting in U.S. Senate Elections.” American Politics Research 38(6): 1102-1129.


2010. “The Dynamics of Agenda Convergence and the Paradox of Competitiveness in Presidential Campaigns.” Political Research Quarterly 63(3): 594-611.


2010. “Whose Views Made the News? Media Coverage and the March to War in Iraq.” Political Communication 27(1): 59-87. (with Matt Guardino)


2010. “A Matter of Distinction: Candidate Polarization and Information Processing in Election Campaigns.” American Politics Research 38(1): 165-192. (with Mathieu Turgeon)


2009. “The Participatory Effects of Redistricting.” American Journal of Political Science 53(4): 1006-1023. (with Seth C. McKee)


2009. “Has Television Personalized Voting Behavior?” Political Behavior 31(2): 231-260.


2009. “Dixie’s Kingmakers: Stability and Change in Southern Presidential Primary Electorates.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 39(2): 400-417. (with Seth C. McKee)


2008. “Party Reputations, Journalistic Expectations: How Issue Ownership Influences Election News.” Political Communication 25(4): 377-400.


2008. “Does the Messenger Matter? Candidate-Media Agenda Convergence and Its Effect on Voter Issue Salience.” Political Research Quarterly 61(1): 134-146.


2008. “Toward a One-Party South?” American Politics Research 36(1): 3-32. (with Seth C. McKee)

            --Reprinted in Princeton Readings in American Politics, Richard M. Valelly, ed. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009, pp. 519-541.


2005. “Candidate Qualities through a Partisan Lens: A Theory of Trait Ownership.” American Journal of Political Science 49(4): 908-923.


2005. “Voter Turnout in the California Recall: Where Did the Increase Come from?”  American Politics Research 33(2): 187-215. (with Brian K. Arbour)


2004. “Booting Barnes: Explaining the Historic Upset in the 2002 Georgia Gubernatorial Election.” Politics & Policy 32(4): 708-739. (with Seth C. McKee)


2004. “Accentuating the Personal: Media Exposure, Political Sophistication, and Evaluations of Presidential Candidate Traits.” LBJ Journal of Public Affairs 16(2): 86-97.


Chapters in Edited Volumes

2014. “Differences of Degree: Issue Agendas in a Polarized Media Environment.” In James A. Thurber and Candice J. Nelson (eds.), Campaigns and Elections American Style, 4th Edition, pp. 123-144. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.


2013. “The News Anew? Political Coverage in a Transformed Media Age.” In Travis N. Ridout (ed.), New Directions in Media and Politics, pp. 193-209. New York: Routledge.


2010. “Parties and the Media: Getting Messages to Voters.” In Jeffrey M. Stonecash (ed.), New Directions in American Political Parties, pp. 44-62. New York: Routledge.


2010. “The Transformation of Southern Presidential Primaries.” In Branwell D. Kapeluck, Laurence W. Moreland, and Robert P. Steed (eds.), Presidential Elections in the South: Putting 2008 in Political Context, pp. 39-69. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers. (with Seth C. McKee)


Work in Progress

“A Non-Gendered Lens? Media, Voters, and Female Candidates in Contemporary Congressional Elections” (with Jennifer L. Lawless). Revise and resubmit.


“Foreign Voices, Party Cues, and U.S. Public Opinion about Military Action” (with Matt Guardino). Under review.


“As Local News Goes, So Goes Citizen Engagement: Media, Knowledge, and Participation in U.S. House Elections” (with Jennifer L. Lawless). Under review.


“Media Frames and the Immigration Debate”