Welcome to my website.
I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto. I am also the lead analyst for the Digital Democracy Project survey team. I recently received my Ph.D at UBC’s Department of Political Science. I specialize in political communication, public opinion, and American and Canadian politics. You can find my CV here.
Broadly speaking, I am interested in how elite behaviour and the mass media together shape public attitudes. My particular focus is on areas of scientific and economic consensus.
My research projects have used a variety of methods, including media content analysis (including dictionary-based methods, machine learning, and manual coding), experiments, and time series analysis. I have work featured or forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Political Communication, Public Opinion Quarterly, American Politics Research, and the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, among others. More information on my publications can be found here.
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). You can find my completed dissertation here. Components of this project are forthcoming at BJPolS, POQ, and PolCom.
I gave a talk on my dissertation work as part of UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affair’s “Doc Talks” series. A video can be found below. My slides can be found here.
Ongoing projects include the exploration of:
- The causes and consequences of affective polarization in Canada
- Measurement of mass polarization in Canada
- Causes of partisan sorting in Canada
- Partisan and ideological motivated reasoning in Canada
- The relationship between mind wandering and political knowledge (with Peter Loewen)
- Echo chambers and fake news exposure in Canada (with Peter Loewen, Aengus Bridgman, Oleg Zhilin, and Taylor Owen)
- Measurement and implications of anti-intellectualism
- Deliberative mini-publics and fact-checking (with Spencer McKay)
- The influence of uncertainty frames in inhibiting popular protest of environmental disasters (with Miriam Matejova)
- Class-based bias in the mass media’s responsiveness to economic conditions (with Profs. Tim Hicks, Alan Jacobs, and Scott Matthews)
More details on my ongoing 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 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.