I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Georgia, where I am Keith T. Poole's Research Assistant. I received my BA and MA in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2008 and 2010.
My research agenda encompasses ideology and voting behavior in the mass public, campaign strategy, politics and religion. Methodologically, I am interested in measurement theory and ideal point estimation, Bayesian methods, and multilevel modeling.
I have just finished a book project on estimating spatial voting models with the R statistical platform and am currently at work on my dissertation, which adapts Poole's Optimal Classification method to measure citizens' ideological positions using ordinal choice data from public opinion surveys.