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I am a social scientist studying the consequences of context on political and civic behavior. My research shows that who and what we encounter as we go about our everyday lives affects the policies we support and how we interact with government. Specializing in causal inference, field experiments, and spatial and geographic analysis, I develop new approaches to the study of social and physical context. 

 

I work at the University of California, Merced as an Assistant Professor of Political Science, having received my PhD from the Harvard University Department of Government in 2017. I also earned an MPA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University

 

My research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, has won multiple awards, and has been covered in the media.