I am an assistant professor in the Department of Politics & Government at Illinois State University.
I study elite rhetoric, candidate position-taking strategies, and the ensuing public response. What factors determine whether candidates speak clearly or ambiguously on key issues of the day? How does a candidate's policy rhetoric influence public perceptions and preferences? 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?
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, text analysis, and collaborative surveys).