I am an associate professor in Politics and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University. I received my B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan and my Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. My scholarship investigates how life cycle events and life stages shape the political attitudes and behaviors of individuals. In my first book, The Political Consequences of Motherhood (2014, University of Michigan Press), I investigate the complex relationship between motherhood and women’s political attitudes. I have continued to investigate the ways in which motherhood shapes women’s political engagement in a series of co-authored articles and book chapters. Currently, I am working with colleagues to understand the impact of being the father of a daughter has on men’s gender-linked political attitudes and behaviors. I am also working on a project with several collaborators that investigates the political socialization of children; this work seeks to uncover whether the roots of gender gaps in political ambition, interest, and knowledge can be found in childhood. In addition to research on gender, I investigate political socialization questions related to racial attitudes and generational change. My work has been published in journals such as Political Psychology, Politics and Gender, P.S. Political Science and Politics, Politics, Groups and Identities, American Politics Research, Political Behavior, and Public Opinion Quarterly. I teach courses in American Politics, Women and Politics, and Political Psychology.
Gender and Politics
Political Parties and Interest Groups
Race, Ethnicity and Politics
Motherhood And Fatherhood