I am an assistant professor in the Department of Politics & Government at Illinois State University.
I'm interested in how candidates, elected officials, and media outlets talk about policy, and how that rhetoric subsequently influences public representation. For instance, what factors determine whether candidates speak clearly or ambiguously on key issues of the day? Are all candidates able to employ ambiguous rhetoric to avoid public accountability for broken campaign promises? Or is this strategy of ambiguity viable only for candidates of a particular race or gender? Furthermore, how might strategic position-taking shape public beliefs about a candidate's integrity and ability to represent the constituency?
I also work to develop free web applications and software to make life easier for academics (e.g. organizing conferences, online peer review for smaller journals, customized web-scrapers, and text analysis).