I am an associate professor at Georgetown University, where I hold appointments in the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Department of Government. At Georgetown, I am also affiliated faculty of the Massive Data Institute and the Lab for Globalization and Shared Prosperity, and a faculty advisor to the Institute of Politics and Public Service.
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.
I study American politics, especially public opinion, the news media, partisan polarization, and the loss of confidence in institutions. I direct the American Institutional Confidence Poll, which is a panel survey with waves in 2018 and 2021. It examines confidence in institutions, support for democratic principles and norms, overall satisfaction with democracy, and social connectedness in American society.
In the past, I have been a member of the Executive Council of the Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior (EPOVB) section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), a member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Centennial Center at APSA, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and the president of the National Capital Area Political Science Association.
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McCourt School of Public Policy
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Washington DC 20057-0003
Spring 2023 Office Hours
Any Georgetown student can drop in during this time without an appointment. You do not need to email me in advance.