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.
I serve on the Executive Council of the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association and am the immediate past-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, Words that Matter: How the News and Social Media Shaped the 2016 Presidential Campaign, is a collaboration with seven other scholars and was released from Brookings Institution Press in 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, which, among other projects, is currently running an NSF-funded initiative, "The Future of Quantitative Research in Social Science."