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I am an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Political Science Department at Davidson College. I received my PhD in 2013 from the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to Davidson, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
I teach courses in international relations and comparative politics with a particular focus on European politics.
Broadly speaking, my research and teaching interests lie in the fields of public opinion, political behavior, European integration, international organizations and post-communist politics. My research examines the causes and consequences of political trust and satisfaction with democracy in Europe.
More recently I have become fascinated by the psychology of conspiracy theories and have studied the effect of conspiratorial thinking on political tolerance. My current research investigates strategies for effectively countering misinformation on social media platforms. I am co-author of Measuring International Authority: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance, a book on international organizations published by Oxford University Press. My other work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, European Union Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, European Journal of Political Research, Review of International Organizations, Foreign Affairs and Journal of Democracy.
I received my BA from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. In my free time, I enjoy woodworking, gardening, and riding motorcycles. I also love playing racquetball, squash, foosball, and soccer.
Associate Professor and Chair
Political Science Department
209 Ridge Rd
PO Box 5000
Davidson, NC 28035