I am an associate professor at Georgetown University, where I hold tenured appointments in the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Department of Government. I am on the Executive Board of the Massive Data Institute, a faculty adviser to the Institute of Politics and Public Service and a faculty affiliate of the Baker Center for Leadership & Governance.
I am a nonresident senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and a regular writer at the political science blog Mischiefs of Faction on Vox.com. I also serve on the Executive Council of the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association and am the current President of the National Capital Area Political Science Association.
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. My second book, co-authored with seven other researchers, is titled Words that Matter How the News and Social Media Shaped the 2016 Presidential Campaign. It is forthcoming from Brookings Institution Press in January 2020.
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.