I am currently a fourth-year graduate student at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. My research interests generally fall under the field of political psychology and American politics. I have also started teaching as of the Spring 2017 semester. My current expected graduation date is in May of 2019.
I received my undergraduate education at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. There I was awarded a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Psychology. My undergraduate studies primarily centered in the fields of American politics, political theory, and cognitive and social psychology. I also took courses in economics and mathematics for preparation for graduate studies.
Currently I am specializing in American Politics and Political Psychology at the Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University-New York.
My current research interests fall primarily under the fields of American politics and political psychology. I am particularly interested how the often conflict-driven nature of electoral politics in the United States encourages polarization. I approach this question most often from a political psychology and a group identities – especially partisan identity – and group competition framework. My dissertation works attempts to integrate this political psychology literature with more traditional American politics to generate a group-competition theory of affective polarization. For more information, see the “Current Research” page.