I joined the faculty at Princeton University in 2008, in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. My research is focused in the areas of political behavior, public opinion, and public policy.
Specifically, I am interested in whether and how government activities shape citizens' attitudes and behaviors. The goal of this research is to think critically about, and measure empirically, the way that public policies and state institutions structure micro-level politics.
I am particularly concerned with the role of political processes in shaping the civic orientations of low-income, youth, and racial minority communities. My work examines the ways that growing economic inequality, persistent racial bias, and the rise of the carceral state influence political beliefs, racial identities and rates of political participation.