Academic Positions

American University, School of International Service
Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods (2014 – Present)
Lecturer (2013 – 2014)
Coordinator of Graduate Statistics and Methods Program (2013 – Present)


University of Texas at Austin, Department of Government, 2005 – 2013
Ph.D. in Political Science

University of Kansas, 2001 – 2005
B.A. (Honors, Highest Distinction)
Majors: Economics and Political Science


Economic Voting: A Campaign-Centered Theory (Cambridge University Press)

I advance a campaign-centered theory of economic voting and explore the activating and deactivating power of economic campaign ads in national elections in Mexico, West Germany, South Korea, Canada, and the U.S. [Read more]

Peer-Reviewed Articles

(2014) “Priming Under Fire: Reverse Causality and the Classic Media Priming Hypothesis.” With Joel Middleton. Journal of Politics 76(2): 581-592.

(2013) “Can Candidates Activate or Deactivate the Economic Vote? Evidence from Two Mexican Elections.” Journal of Politics 75(4): 1051-1063.

(2010) “Death of the Partisan? Globalization and Taxation in South American, 1990-2006.” Comparative Political Studies 43(3): 304-328.

Works in Progress

“Do Voters in Emerging Democracies Hold Candidates to a Higher Standard?” Under review.

“Access to Water Improves Boys’ Educational Attainment, Not Girls’: Evidence from Uganda and Tanzania.” With Mukhaye Muchimuti (AU). Under review.

“The Great Escape: How Candidates in Three Elections Dodged the Economic Vote.” Working paper.

“Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: Party ID and the Reference Point Effect.” Based on the NSF-funded cross-national experiment. download

“Portrait of an Economic Voter: Individual-Level Heterogeneity, 1980-2008.” With Matt Vanderbroek (Texas).

Courses Taught

“Quantitative Methods in IR” (PhD course), American University

“International Affairs Stats and Methods II” (MA course), American University

“International Affairs Stats and Methods” (MA course), American University