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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
emotion and public opinion, disaster politics, political ambition, legislative elections, public policy opinions
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On the public opinion side, my research examine how individuals form policy opinions and evaluate the performance of political leaders. A significant part of this research agenda involves examining how external shocks such as natural or man-made disasters alter public opinions and create the preconditions for punctuated policy change.

My interests in legislative responsiveness center on understanding how electoral rules and legislative institutions shape competition for office and incentives for legislative behavior.  In several articles, I’ve examined how legislators’ ambitions for higher office foster representation of citizen interests. As a PI on the Candidate Emergence Study, a multi-year project that examines the competition in U.S. House races, I’ve examined the decision process of strong potential candidates as they consider running for office with a special focus on state legislator ambitions and decisions. 




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