My subfields are American Politics and Political Theory, and I study political science through the lens of American Political Development. I identify as an interdisciplinary scholar, drawing on works from sociology, history, and religious studies.
My dissertation asks a simple question: is the line between secular and religious thought in the United States as solid as we presume? If this line is blurred, then what does it tell us about how Americans engage in political discourse? I examine movement rhetoric from two periods–the 1930s and 2010s–to shed light on this puzzle. I propose that the United States has a civil religion built around two symbols: its founding covenant, often Constitution, and the office of the presidency. Around these symbols swirl a political rhetoric shot-through with reverence.
On this website you can find information about my current and future projects, teaching pedagogy, as well as a complete C.V. There is also a section detailing the simulation I pioneered at Yale in 2013 and 2014. Navigate either through the toolbar up at the top, or the site map to the right.