Research

Photo Credit: McClanahan Studio, Ames, IA

At present, much of my work focuses on religion and democracy. My book, Religion and Brazilian Democracy: Mobilizing the People of God, develops a novel explanation for Brazil’s recent period of political and religious polarization, focusing on the competitive incentives clergy face.

I am also working on two big projects related to gender, socialization, and work processes in academia.

My dissertation and a number of ongoing projects examine how citizens learn about politics through their informal social networks and political discussion. More broadly, I seek to understand representation, voting behavior, and elections throughout the developing world.

You can find various data sources here.