I am a professor of Political Science at North Carolina State University, where I have been since 2002. I received a BA in Political Science from Duke University and MA and PhD from Ohio State. My research and expertise focuses on American public opinion and American elections, broadly. I also have more specific interests in gender and politics, media and politics, political parties, and North Carolina politics. My research has appeared in wide array of peer-reviewer Political Science journals including, The American Political Science Review, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and Gender and Politics. My book, published, with Laurel Elder of Hartwick College, is The Politics of Parenthood:Causes and Consequences of the Politicization of the American Family.
I provide regular commentary on national and North Carolina politics and I have appeared on BBC-4, CBS Early Show, CNN, CNBC, WRAL, WNCN, WTVD, and WUNC-TV. I have been on the radio with NPR, WUNC, and stations in Canada, Jamaica and Colombia. My appearances in print media include The New York Times, The Times (UK), Reuters, Politico, National Journal, Christian Science Monitor, AFP, AP, and The Raleigh News & Observer as well as newspapers in Russia, Japan, Slovakia, and Spain.
In my free time, I love hanging out with my four kids (including one who is an NC State student), coaching soccer, hiking, reading, and playing guitar.
Covid and public opinion– race and mask-wearing; Covid PSAs; Covid and parenthood
Director of Undergraduate Programs for Department of Political Science
The Politics of Parenthood (with Laurel Elder); journal articles in a variety of Political Science journals
B.A. Political Science; History Duke University 1994
Ph.D. Political Science Ohio State University 1999
Area(s) of Expertise
American political behavior, especially public opinion, political parties, and gender and politics