Images above: People and public spaces, Brazil, 2008-2009.


I am an associate professor of political science at Iowa State University. My research explains how citizens shape democratic and authoritarian regimes around the world, mobilized by civic and religious groups and ideas. I have regional expertise in Latin America, and particularly Brazil. Over the past couple of years, I have also been engaged in two projects studying the intersection of gender and academia.

I am the author of two books, including Religion and Brazilian Democracy: Mobilizing the People of God (forthcoming at Cambridge University Press), and my articles have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of peer-reviewed outlets, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies. I am on the editorial board of Politics & Religion and an Associate Editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion and Politics.

Writing for public audiences and talking with journalists has been a lot of fun. I recently joined the in-house blogging teams of Vox Mischiefs of Faction and Religion in Public, and I’ve also blogged for the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage and Duck of Minerva, among other venues.

In September 2016, I received the Award for Early Achievement in Research from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State. My work has been funded by Fulbright and the National Science Foundation; I have been a Visiting Fellow at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies (2016-2017 academic year); and I am proudly affiliated with the Latin American Public Opinion Project.