Research

Social Norms and Political Participation

[1] The Obligation Mosaic: Race and Social Norms in US Political Participation. 2022. University of Chicago Press. Interviews, surveys, and experiments with Asian, Black, Latino, and White Americans show that two common norms centrally define concepts of obligation in the US: honoring ancestors and helping those in need. Whether these norms lead different groups to politics depends on distinct racial histories and continued patterns of segregation. The findings not only help explain patterns of participation but also provide a window into opportunities for change, suggesting how activists and parties might better mobilize marginalized citizens.

[2] What Makes a Good Neighbor? Race, Place and Norms of Political Participation.  2018. American Political Science Review, 112(3): 494-508. Social rewards for political participation vary across racial groups and community-types, with racial minorities living in co-racial spaces often providing more rewards to be active than Whites.

The American Carceral State

[3]  Do Felony Disenfranchisement Laws (De)Mobilize? A Case of Surrogate Participation. 2019. Journal of Politics, 81(4): 1523-1527. Social connections to convicted felons can increase political participation, but only in states with the most punitive of felony disenfranchisement laws.  With Mackenzie Israel-Trummel.

[4] Contact and Context: How Municipal Traffic Stops Shape Citizen Character. Forthcoming, Journal of Politics. Racial disparities in municipal context are associated with decreasing trust in the police above and beyond direct and proximal contact, but have no effect on political participation. With Derek Epp and Mackenzie Israel-Trummel.

[5] A Drop in the Ocean: Direct Contact with the Carceral State and Attitudes Among Black and White Americans. Under review, last presented ISPP 2021. A Bayesian learning model incorporating race socialization and experiences during emergent adulthood explains why direct contact with the carceral state is associated with more attitude change among White Americans compared to Black. With Andrew Engelhardt. 

Race Socialization, Race Construction, and Racial Context

[6] Black Lives, White Kids: White Parenting Practices Following Black-Led ProtestsRevise and resubmit, Perspectives on Politics. Attention to issues of race socialization increased in the wake of the Summer 2020 BLM protests; we measure and explore racial parenting practices that may have followed among White parents in the latter half of 2020. With Andrew Engelhardt and Mackenzie Israel-Trummel. 

[7] Race as Social ContextWorking paper, last presented APSA 2021. We show geographic, social, and psychological racial contexts are not well nested in the US context and explore the implications for key political outcomes. With Lauren Davenport and Rachel Lienesch. 

 [8] Do Social Movements Matter? How the BLM Movement Is Changing What White Parents Teach Their Kids About Race. In progress, planned presentation at MPSA 2022. With Andrew Engelhardt and Mackenzie Israel-Trummel.

[9] Constructing Race Through Disease Discussion: Covid-19 and the Public’s Understanding of Racialized Patterns of IllnessIn progress. With Cindy D. Kam and Colette Marcellin.

Other Projects

[10] Revisiting Recruitment: Insights from Get-Out-the-Vote Field Experiments2016. With Melissa Michelson. In New Advances in the Study of Civic Volunteerism: Resources, Engagement, and Recruitment, ed. Casey Klofstad. Temple University Press.