I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Brigham Young University. I research legislative behavior with an interest in representation, political psychology, distributive politics, and political parties. In examining these topics, I have studied U.S. elected officials at the national, state, and local levels using surveys, observational data, and experimental methods. Some of this work has been published in the American Political Science Review and the American Journal of Political Science.
I am also the co-principal investigator of the 2012, 2014, and 2016 American Municipal Official Survey -- the largest surveys of U.S. local officials conducted by political scientists (N > 4,000) and the first to employ survey experiments to this novel population. I plan to continue conducting every 2 years.
In addition, I am associated with the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at BYU and the Laboratories of Democracy, a non-profit research organization of political scientists that collaborates with local and state officials on field experimental research.
I received my Ph.D. from Yale University. Prior to graduate school, I worked in state politics for 4 years and attended Brigham Young University as an undergraduate.