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California State University, Bakersfield
religion and politics, gender and politics, the presidency, political rhetoric
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About Me

Currently, my main focus of research is religion and politics. I examine how religious elites influence public opinion.  Specifically, my work looks at how this influence may be gendered and how male and female religious leaders differ in terms of style, approach, and mobilization efforts on policy issues.  I also look at how female and male religious elites navigate Church institutions differently, due to their hierarchical and gendered structure.

I also examine religious rhetoric within the context of both religious and political leaders (i.e. the presidency) and how this type of language is employed as a communication strategy.

Recent Publications

“Evaluating Policy Differences Between Male and Female Religious Groups:  A Study of Social Policy Statements by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious”
Journal of Communication and Religion 39 (3), Accepted and Forthcoming.

Institutional Dilemma:  An Examination of Catholic Male and Female Religious Leaders and Their Effects on Lay Public Opinion.
Book Manuscript Under Review with Temple University Press

Editor of and Contributor to: Unprecedented, Unusual and Polarizing: How The 2016 Presidential Cycle Has Shaped the Way Candidates Strategize, Engage and Communicate with A Changing American Electorate.
Advance Book Contract with Lexington Books, forthcoming 2017

Media Coverage

“CSUB Professor Previews Election Day.” KBAK & KBFK Eyewitness News, Wednesday, November 8, 2016.

“California Proposition 58: English Proficiency. Multilingual Education. Initiative Statute.” Schmolitics Podcast, Monday, October 26, 2016.

“What Republicans Will Do if Trump Looses.”  Christian Science Monitor, Friday, October 21, 2016.

“CSUB Political Science Professor Analyzes the Vice Presidential Debate.”  KBAK & KBFK Eyewitness News, Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

“Election Update.”  The Ralph Bailey Show, 96.1 FM, Tuesday, September 27, 2016

“The History of Presidential Illness and its Relation to the Health of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.”  The Ralph Bailey Show, 96.1 FM, Friday, September 16, 2016.

“Central Valley and National Elections Update.” The Ralph Bailey Show, 96.1 FM, Friday, September 2, 2016.

“Election Discussion.”  Schmolitics Podcast, Thursday, August 18, 2016

“Post Presidential Convention Discussion.” The Ralph Bailey Show, 96.1 FM, Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

“CSUB Political Science Professor Analyzes Democratic National Convention.” KBAK & KBFK Eyewitness News, Friday, July 29, 2016.

“Political Science Professor Talks Trump, RNC.” KBAK & KBFK Eyewitness News, Friday, July 22, 2016. Available at

“Trump and Anger in America.”  BBC Phone Interview, June 1, 2016.

“McCarthy Primary Race 23rd Congressional District.” Associated Press Interview, Friday, May 27, 2016.

“Bakersfield Politics Get Heated as Candidate Bernie Sanders Plans to Visit.” Bakersfield 23, Thursday, May 26, 2016.  Available at

“KRLA AM 870 Interview with Larry Marino on Oildale, the Central Valley and the Republican Primary.” Sunday Morning News Makers, April 10, 2016.

“Analyst: California Could Play Pivotal Role in Republican Primary.”  Wednesday, April 6, 2016.  KBAK & KBFK Eyewitness News, Available at

“Conservative Oildale Could Be a Bellwether of how Trump’s Message Translate in California.”  Los Angeles Times. Monday, April 4, 2016.  Available at

“Primary Town Hall Analysis.” First Look with Scott Cox, 96.1 FM.  Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

“Bakersfield Mayor’s Race Yields 25 Candidates, Shattering City Record.” Wednesday, March 16, 2016.  The Californian, Available at

“Candidates and Mental Health.”  KGET, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Available at

 “Political Science Professor Talks Election.” KBAK & KBFK Eyewitness News, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Available at

 “Super Tuesday Analysis.”  First Look with Scott Cox, 96.1 FM.  Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

 “GOP Loses Ground Among Kern County Registered Voters.”  KBAK & KBFK Eyewitness News, Monday, February 29, 2016. Available at

“New Hampshire Primary Analysis.”  First Look with Scott Cox, 96.1 FM.  Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

“Iowa Caucus Analysis.”  First Look with Scott Cox, 96.1 FM.  Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

 “Iowa Caucus.”  KGET TV Interview.  Friday, February 5, 2016.  Aired, Monday, February 8, 2016.

“Pope’s Comments to Congress Touch Issues of Local Importance.” Bakersfield 23 News. Media Interview, Thursday, September 24, 2015, California State University, Bakersfield.

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