My ongoing research covers a variety of different topics including public opinion, group identity, and political psychology. I’m fascinated by the psychological processes which underpin all forms of political decisionmaking from “Do I support military intervention for humanitarian reasons?” to “How will I act to influence public policy?” These questions are inextricably linked for me to issues of measurement: How do we know that a survey item accurately measures political behavior and the psychological processes motivating that behavior? My research has appeared at several major political science conferences, as well as in the journal Armed Forces & Society. My research also has a strong group-based connection, with a particular focus on sexual identity and racial and ethnic minorities.
I’m currently working in partnership with colleagues from two other universities on questions related to war attitudes and military families using data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES). These questions look at the effects of a variety of contextual factors related to group identity and the weather on respondent support for specific and hypothetical justifications for military intervention. I’m currently supported by a Faculty Development Grant from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for this work. I’m also revising work which evaluates the effects of issue framing on support for same-sex marriage.
“Missing Voices: “ Armed Forces & Society (forthcoming)