Research

This page lists some of my research interests, working papers, and past publications. You can also view PDFs of my full CV, or an abbreviated (2pp) version.

Public Opinion Dynamics

While public opinion research has been a staple element of social science inquiry for eighty years, there has been surprisingly little attention to the over-time dynamics of opinion. Instead cross-sectional surveys and one-off experiments constitute the bulk of published studies of opinions. But how to opinions change over time? What individual and contextual factors explain the dynamics of individuals’ opinions over time? In this area, I am examining psychological dispositions - especially attitude strength and cognitive style - that shape attitude dynamics as well as considering how survey research practices shape our ability to measure opinions and opinion dynamics.

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Political Communication and Information Choices

Most of the information that people can and do receive about politics comes from elites - political candidates, parties, interest groups, and the mass media. Understanding the effects of political communications is therefore vital to making sense of public opinions. My work in this area examines the effectiveness of political communications in moving public preferences. I also study the causes and effects of information choices to understand how people expose themselves to alternative messages in the political environment and how those choices impact their later cognition and behavior.

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Reproducible Research and Social Science Computing

Shifting norms in social scientific practice mean that the future of quantitative social science will depend on shared data, open source software, and reproducible research reports. Developing tools to facilitate the coming era of reproducible social science and training social scientists at all levels to use those tools is critically important. In this vein, I develop open source software and write on how to improve reproducibility of social science research.

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Survey and Experimental Methods

Experimental methods are an increasingly important method for understanding political and social processes and behavior. My work in this area aims to improve the quality of experimental methods and reduce barriers to entry for experimental research online. Survey methods remain a staple in the study of public opinion, political communication, and human behavior and I aim to contribute to our understand of how best to conduct survey and survey-experimental research in ways that balance cost and total survey error.

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