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


I am an assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University. My research focuses on democratic citizenship, political socialization, and representation. I am interested in democracies and non-democracies around the world, but much of my work studies Latin America in general and Brazil in particular. At present, I am working on a book manuscript entitled Crosses and Culture Wars: Evangelicals, Catholics, and Brazilian Democracy.

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.