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


I am an assistant (as of this summer, associate!) professor of political science at Iowa State University. My research examines how citizens around the world interact with each other and their representatives to shape democracy and authoritarianism. My recent work focuses on the religious communities and ideas that shape politics; my book manuscript entitled Mobilizing the People of God: Religion, Culture Wars, and Democracy in Brazil explores these questions in Brazil. My areas of greatest regional expertise are Latin America, and particularly Brazil.

My work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed outlets, including the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies, and it has been funded by Fulbright and by the National Science Foundation. I have been a Visiting Fellow at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies (2016-2017 academic year), and am affiliated with the Latin American Public Opinion Project. In September 2016, I received the Award for Early Achievement in Research from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State. I am on the editorial boards of Politics & Religion and Politics, Groups, and Identities, and an Associate Editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion and Politics. I am a member of the Stable of Contributors for the Religion in Public blog.

Finally, over the past couple of years I have been studying the intersection of gender and academia. See two projects here.