Much of my current research grows from my doctoral thesis, "Identity in American Politics, A Multidimensional Approach to Study and Measurement."  I develop measurement strategies and offer theoretic insight toward the study of group politics.  The thesis is written in three parts.  In Part I I introduce the type-predictor framework, a theory useful for understanding the subjective nature by which individuals self-identify and experience a sense of shared political interest with in-group members, or not.  In Part II I present support for the type-predictor framework using data from the analysis of 40 in-depth, semi-structured interviews.  In Part III I develop and test a new strategy for the survey measurement of identity across multiple dimensions. Using original survey data I examine how people who differ in their expressions of identity may also differ in their policy-related preferences, with particular attention paid to the politics of immigration and welfare.  Taken together, my work demonstrates that by further interrogating how attitudes and behavior respond to self-categorization, we may develop a more refined picture of identity and the politics of intersectionality.

Full abstract

Comparative Politics Newsletter


My work on representation and inequality focuses on minority constituents in the United States and the ways groups and individuals assert their political voices through voting and other forms of civic engagement. I have written on the effectiveness of minority legislators in representing constituent interests, the political implications of protest, and the conditions under which states have adopted direct democracy as a means to either help or hinder the advancement of policies to benefit minorities.


I have worked extensively on the topic of hate crimes and strategies for prejudice reduction, focusing especially on the ways crime and bias-related issues affect communities of color. I have coauthored a paper with Donald P. Green in the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice and have provided my expertise as an industry consultant and as an advisory board member to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.