Welcome 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. You can find my CV here.
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 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 in Science Communication, American Politics Research, Parliamentary Affairs, 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).
Ongoing projects include the exploration of:
- The coverage of expert consensus in mass media content with a focus on the availability of consensus cues and the presence of conflict frames and ‘false’ balance
- The role of anti-intellectualism as a moderator of the persuasiveness of expert messages
- Resistance to fact-checking by citizens with populist and anti-intellectual predispositions (with Spencer McKay)
- Uncertainty and economic frames in American climate change coverage (with Dominik Stecula)
- The influence of uncertainty frames in inhibiting popular protest of environmental disasters (with Miriam Matejova)
- The impact of breakdowns in party discipline (and its framing in media coverage) on the public’s party leadership and policy evaluations
- Class-based bias in the mass media’s responsiveness to economic conditions (with Profs. Tim Hicks, Alan Jacobs, and Scott Matthews)
- The role of anticipated future 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.