Photo: View under two bridges in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Welcome! I am an assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University. Much of my research focuses on how citizens acquire the political traits that foster and sustain democracy. I emphasize the roles of religious organizations and informal social ties among citizens and between elites and citizens. I am also broadly interested in how citizens learn about politics, make vote choices, and seek representatives who look like and think like themselves. Regionally, my primary emphasis is Latin America, though I have broad interests in comparative politics and political behavior. My work has appeared or will appear in a number of peer-reviewed outlets, including the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Politics and Religion, Latin American Politics and Society, Journal of Politics in Latin America, and Latin American Research Review, and I have published a book on civil society and democracy in Brazil.