bio1_smallWelcome to my website. I am a Ph.D. candidate at UBC’s Department of Political Science and a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholar. I specialize in political communication, public opinion, and American and Canadian politics.

Broadly speaking, I am interested in how elite behaviour and the mass media shape economic evaluations and policy attitudes. My particular focus is on areas of scientific and economic consensus.

My research projects have utilized a variety of methods, including media content analysis (including dictionary-based methods, machine learning, and hand coding), experiments, and time series analysis. I have work featured in Science Communication and the Journal of Politics (Forthcoming).

My dissertation examines the coverage of expert consensus in the media, and explores the conditions under which experts can be persuasive to average citizens. It also seeks to establish a link between party elite behaviour communicated through the mass media and the polarization of American public opinion on climate science (with Dominik Stecula).

Other ongoing projects include the exploration of:

  • Uncertainty and economic frames in American climate change coverage (with Dominik Stecula)
  • The impact of breakdowns in party discipline (and its framing in media coverage) on the public’s party leadership and policy evaluations
  • Partisan bias in the mass media’s responsiveness to the economy
  • Class-based bias in the mass media’s responsiveness to economic conditions (with Profs. Tim Hicks, Alan Jacobs, and Scott Matthews)
  • The role of latent public opinion in decision-making by policymakers (with Prof. Andrew Owen)

More details on my research can be found here.

I have recently given a TEDx talk at Emily Carr University on political bias in Canada and the U.S. which can be seen here:

I have also recently provided commentary on U.S. and Canadian politics in the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage blog, CBC News Network, Global BC, City‘s Breakfast Television, CBC Radio, Roundhouse Radio, among others. More information can be found here.

I am from Kitchener, Ontario, and I received an MA in political science and social statistics from McGill University and a BA in political science and history from Wilfrid Laurier University.

I am a long suffering Buffalo Bills fan with a penchant for craft beer, deep frying, and barbecue-ing. You can contact me by following this link.