I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University. I study American Politics with a focus in Political Behavior and Race and Ethnic Politics.
My book project, "Show Us that You Care: Investigating Candidate Preferability within the Black Electorate" asks- What considerations, beyond skin color and partisanship, do Black voters use to choose candidates to support? I answer this question using my community commitment signaling framework to explain that Black voters look for representatives, regardless of their race, who signal a commitment to prioritizing the racial group's political interests. Using multiple experimental tests, I am able show that Black voters' perception of a candidate's community commitment is the causal mechanism that predicts their candidate preferability. The implications of this work are far reaching both in the study of Black political behavior and in democratic representation. This research not only expands what we know about the strategic nature of Black political decision-making and candidate preference, it provides a roadmap to understanding why and how other groups support certain kinds of candidates with the same identity.
This research was awarded the 2019 American Political Science Association's Best Dissertation Award in Race & Ethnic Politics and the National Science Foundation's Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. My published work is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics and can be found in Politics, Groups, and Identities. You can download my CV here, or visit the research page for drafts of working papers currently under review.