I am a Ph.D. student in the Government Department at Cornell University. My interests include American politics, criminal justice, public opinion, and religion. My research is published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Journal of Criminal Justice, the British Journal of Criminology, and is under review at other outlets. I am a Graduate Research Fellow with the National Science Foundation. My work has also been generously funded by a variety of sources including the Sage Fellowship, PRICE institute, Population Center, and the Kohut and Mitofsky Fellowships at the Roper Center for Public Opinion.
My current research focuses on correctional officers as key bureaucrats in the criminal justice system and how the internal dynamics of prisons facilitate political socialization among correctional officers and incarcerated individuals. Specific projects include: 1) the descriptive representation of correctional officers and its implications for discipline within prisons, 2) the political consequences of exposure to violence among correctional officers.
Other current projects include: 1) examining how religion and racial attitudes shape attitudes toward capital punishment, 2) the role of candidate names as heuristics in elections, and 3) mapping and analyzing U.S. prison closures and their local economic consequences.
During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two kids and playing tennis.
You can view my CV here.