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.  I also serve 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.

In July of 2012, I also had the pleasure of serving as primary host for the Society for Political Methodology’s Annual Summer Political Methods Meeting.  Click Here to access the 2012 conference website.

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, and Monte Carlo simulation and resampling.


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