|2016 ‐ Present||Assistant Professor, University of Dayton ‐ Department of Political Science|
|2011||Ph.D, The Ohio State University ‐ Political Science|
|2008||MA, The Ohio State University ‐ Political Science|
|2006||BA, Connecticut College ‐ Government and English|
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The Politics of the Presidential Medal of Freedom: A Fifty Year Analysis, 1963-2013 New England Journal of Political Science (2015)
Established in 1963, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (PMOF) is the nation’s highest civilian honor. Presidents award the Medal at their discretion to “any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the ...
Ideological Social Identity: Psychological Attachment to Ideological In-Groups as a Political Phenomenon and a Behavioral Influence Political Behavior (2015)
Motivated by symbolic ideology research and Social Identity Theory (SIT), this article introduces an original measure of ideological social identity (ISI) designed to capture feelings of psychological attachment to an ideological in-group and facilitate analysis ...
Presidential Versus Vice Presidential Home State Advantage: A Comparative Analysis of Electoral Significance, Causes, and Processes, 1884-2008 Presidential Studies Quarterly (2013)
This article compares the electoral significance, causes, and processes associated with presidential versus vice presidential home state advantages. Our analysis of presidential election returns from 1884 through 2008 demonstrates that presidential candidates generally receive a ...
Social Issues, Authoritarianism, and Ideological Conceptualization: How Policy Dimensions and Psychological Factors Influence Ideological Labeling Political Psychology (2012)
Ideology's crucial theoretical and empirical role in explaining political behavior makes it imperative that scholars understand how individuals conceptualize and apply ideological labels. The existing literature on this topic is quite limited, however, because it ...
In the Eye of the Beholder? Motivated Reasoning in Disputed Elections Political Behavior (2011)
This study uses an experimental design to simulate the ballot counting process during a hand-recount after a disputed election. Applying psychological theories of motivated reasoning to the political process, we find that ballot counters’ party ...
The Vice Presidential Home State Advantage Reconsidered: Analyzing the Interactive Effect of Home State Population and Political Experience, 1884-2008 Presidential Studies Quarterly (2011)
Previous research has found that presidential tickets perform particularly well in a vice presidential candidate's home state when that state is relatively low in population. In this article, we argue that selecting a vice presidential ...
Racial Attitude Effects in the 2008 Presidential Election: Examining the Unconventional Factors Shaping Vote Choice in a Most Unconventional Election Electoral Studies (2010)
Every election has unique elements, but the 2008 U.S. presidential race had it all: an African-American presidential candidate who won his party’s nomination by defeating a former first lady, an historically unpopular outgoing president, two ...
Partisan Defection and Change in the 2008 US Presidential Election Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties (2010)
Party identification remained an important determinant of vote choice in the 2008 election. Indeed, the extent to which people voted according to their partisanship remained as exceptionally high as it had been in the 2004 ...
Book reviews (1)
Review: 'The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden' Perspective on Politics (2016)
In his book, Joel K. Goldstein has made an ambitious attempt to explain “the most impressive development in American political institutions during the past four decades” (p. 301): the creation of the “White House vice ...
The VP Advantage: How Running Mates Influence Home State Voting in Presidential Elections Political Science Faculty Publications (2016)
A widespread perception exists among political commentators, campaign operatives and presidential candidates that vice presidential running mates can deliver their home state's electoral votes in a presidential election. In recent elections, presidential campaigns have even ...
News articles (12)
5 Things You Need to Know About How Third-Party Candidates Did in 2016 The Washington Post (2016)
Hillary Clinton was not the only presidential candidate to lose to Donald Trump on Tuesday. Joining her were minor party and independent candidates, including Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein. ...
Obama Has Set the Record for the Most Presidential Medals of Freedom The Washington Post (2016)
While some political observers have criticized the growing use of unilateral executive power, there are usually no complaints about presidents bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom. When President Obama welcomes this year’s recipients to the ...
How Clinton and Trump Are Using Their Running Mates on the Campaign Trail FiveThirtyEight (2016)
Remember how Tim Kaine was supposed to help the Democratic ticket appeal to Latino voters because he speaks fluent Spanish? And how, if selected as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, he would help her win votes ...
Why the Kaine vs. Pence Vice Presidential Debate Matters The Conversation (2016)
Tim Kaine and Mike Pence both have been described as boring. Many Americans still don’t know who they are, and they share their parties’ tickets with two of the most controversial and unpopular presidential candidates ...
Will Tim Kaine Deliver Virginia (and Catholics)? Don’t Count on It The Washington Post (2016)
We finally know who the major-party vice-presidential nominees are – Sen. Timothy M. Kaine of Virginia and Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. Not surprisingly, much “veepstakes” speculation leading up to these announcements centered on the ...
Will the Vice Presidential Candidates Matter this Year? Maybe, But Not the Way You Think The Conversation (2016)
Veepstakes speculation is rampant as we approach the national conventions for both major political parties. Media reports have detailed the wide array of options available to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as they decide who ...
This Year’s Libertarian Ticket has Remarkable Political Experience. Now Will It Matter? The Washington Post (2016)
This past weekend, the Libertarian Party nominated the most politically experienced minor party presidential ticket in recent history. Its presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, served two terms as New Mexico’s governor, and in 2012 became the ...
Who Should Trump and Clinton Pick as Running Mates? This Research Says It Doesn’t Really Matter. The Washington Post (2016)
Even with the Democratic and Republican Party presidential nominations yet to be decided, already we are hearing much speculation about the 2016 “veepstakes.” Not surprisingly, most of this speculation focuses on the usual factors considered ...