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Hi! I’m Jacob. Welcome to my portfolio.

I am a Ph.D. student in Government at Cornell University My interests include American politics, criminal justice policy, public opinion, political psychology. I have spent time researching sources of punitive attitudes among the American public, how direct and vicarious police encounters influence perceptions of the police, and how varying degrees of cognitive attention affect our perceptions of political candidates. I have published my research on perceptions of the police in the Journal of Criminal Justice. Currently, I have a manuscript addressing the relationships between racial resentment, religion, and punitive attitudes under review. My primary ongoing research project is assessing the political implications of prison building in rural towns.