I am a Ph.D. student in the Government Department at Cornell University. My interests include American politics, prison proliferation, public opinion, and religion. My research on policing and punitive attitudes is published in the Journal of Criminal Justice, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and under review at other outlets. My work is generously funded by a variety of sources including the Sage Fellowship, PRICE institute, Population Center, and Rural Humanities Initiative at Cornell University and the Kohut and Mitofsky Fellowships at the Roper Center for Public Opinion.
My primary research focus (and likely dissertation topic) addresses the democratic causes and consequences of prison proliferation in the United States. I argue that prisons represent a fundamental, though understudied, arm of the carceral state. Like policing, incarceration, and surveillance, prisons have become a core political institution in American society. My ongoing research addresses how prisons shape voting behavior, public opinion, and political engagement in their predominantly rural host communities and on the national stage.
Other current projects of mine include examining how religion and racial attitudes shape attitudes toward capital punishment, the role of candidate names as heuristics in elections, and using criminal justice ballot measures to analyze public attitudes toward punishment at the place level.
During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two kids, playing tennis, and working with students in the Cornell Prison Education Program.