I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I primarily study political economy and methods. I teach methods and international political economy (IPE) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Most of my research focuses on business and politics, with a particular focus on the role of public opinion. Many of my articles try to understand the non-material determinants of attitudes about economic globalization. My book, The Cost of Doing Politics (Cambridge University Press), asks how public opinion shapes corporate influence tactics. I am currently working on two ongoing longer-format projects (books? maybe!), one about small business ownership in the social media era (with Andrew Kerner) and one about the political causes and consequences of participation in multilevel marketing (MLMs) schemes (with Ellen Key).
I am also in the process of writing a book for Springer called R for Absolute Beginners, which is targeted specifically at students with little or no background in computers or programming, and who may find themselves frightened, angry, or otherwise unexcited about learning R. Basically, if your students email you and say "I am not a math person, can I pass your class?", this is the book for you. Expect that to come out in late 2024 or 2025. (If you are a pilot tester looking for the data from each chapter, it's here.)
I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Emory University in 2016 under the excellent mentoring of Jennifer Gandhi, and I received my B.S. from the University of Michigan in 2010. I was born and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. Outside of work, I am an enthusiastically mediocre powerlifter, I read a lot of fiction (some literary, some definitely not), and I hang out with my kids.