bio1_smallWelcome to my website. I am a PhD candidate at UBC’s Department of Political Science and a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholar. I specialize in American and Canadian politics, elections, public opinion, and the media.

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. My research focuses on the intersection between the mass media and public opinion. I am particularly interested in how media influences policy and economic evaluations, and the conditions under which citizens can update those evaluations in response to new information (such as from experts) in the context of limited motivation.

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. Ongoing projects include the exploration of:

  • The role of the mass media in the polarization in the American public on climate change (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
  • The role of partisanship in biasing Canadian public economic perceptions and policy evaluations
  • Partisan and class-based bias (with Profs. Tim Hicks, Alan Jacobs, and Scott Matthews) in the mass media’s responsiveness to economic conditions
  • How “voice” and “authority” affect citizens’ democratic efficacy (with Profs. Fred Cutler, Paul Quirk, and Benjamin Nyblade)
  • The role of latent public opinion in decision-making by policymakers (with Prof. Andrew Owen)

My dissertation explores the conditions under which citizens can inform their policy preferences with expert knowledge. 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.

In the past I have worked as a research associate for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy specializing in agriculture and energy policy. I have also volunteered extensively in federal and provincial politics. At present, 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.