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 also served as President of the Southern Political Science Association for 2014.
My research interests focus on the process of representation in U.S. state and national 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 impact of contextual factors such as campaign information, the social-demographic make-up of a place, institutions, and elite signals on political behavior, public opinion, and decision making. I also have strong interest in research methods, focused particularly on questions of design, multilevel and pooled data, Monte Carlo simulation and resampling methods, machine learning, and general data science. I am also very interested in open science, research transparency, and how policies in these areas impact the conduct of social science research.
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