Welcome to my website.  I am the Thomas J. Pearsall Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I am also the Director of the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science here at UNC.  From 2010-2014, I served as Editor for the journal State Politics and Policy Quarterly, the official journal of the State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association.  I currently serve as President of the Southern Political Science Association.

My research interests center on the process of representation in U.S. national and state politics.   More specifically, I study electoral behavior, campaigns, political parties, public opinion, and legislative politics in the U.S.  I am particularly interested in the role that contextual factors such as campaign information, the socio-demographic make-up of a place, institutions, and elite signals play in shaping political behavior, public opinion, and decision-making.  I also have a strong interest in research methods, including issues of design, multilevel and pooled data, data science, and Monte Carlo simulation and resampling.


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