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“ Any sufficiently advanced technology
is indistinguishable from magic. ”
 – Arthur C. Clarke

I am an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Davis. I received my PhD in political science from the University of Georgia and my BA and MA in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi.


My research agenda encompasses ideology and voting behavior in the mass public, campaign strategy, politics and religion, and political polarization. Methodologically, I am interested in applying measurement theory and ideal point estimation, Bayesian methods, and machine learning to model political behavior.


I am currently working on a series of projects involving the measurement of issue salience to voters and the use of scaling methods to analyze the structure of ideology in the American electorate. 


I have also worked as a consultant on data analytics projects involving political campaigns, including Carly Fiorina's Super PAC (CARLY for America) during the 2016 presidential election.

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