I am an associate professor of public policy and government at Georgetown University, where I hold appointments in the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Department of Government and serve on the Executive Board of the Massive Data Institute.
My first book, Why Americans Hate the Media and How it Matters, won the Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and the McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research. I was recently part of a team of eight scholars who co-authored Words that Matter: How the News and Social Media Shaped the 2016 Presidential Campaign, which was released from Brookings Institution Press in 2020.
In the past, I have served on the Executive Council of the Elections, Public Opinion and Voting section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), on the Advisory Board of the Centennial Center at APSA, and as President of the National Capital Area Political Science Association.
I am involved in two large ongoing research projects. First, I direct the American Institutional Confidence Poll. Second, I am a member of the Michigan-Georgetown Social Science and Social Media Collaborative research group, which, among other projects, is currently running an NSF-funded initiative, "The Future of Quantitative Research in Social Science."