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 mold politics; my book manuscript entitled Mobilizing the People of God: Religion, Culture Wars, and Democracy in Brazil explores religious politics 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 board of Politics & Religion and an Associate Editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion and Politics. I’ve recently joined the in-house blogging teams of Vox Mischiefs of Faction and Religion in Public; I’ve also blogged for the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage and Duck of Minerva, among other venues.

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