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I am a PhD candidate (ABD) specializing in political behavior, political psychology, and social identity in advanced democracies. Using quantitative methods and survey experiments, my research focuses on the nexus of public opinion and policy results, particularly with regard to immigration and support for welfare policies. My research agenda addresses the question of how individuals in the West think about immigration and identity and how this perception affects their political behavior. I am also broadly interested in the ways political actors use issue framing to alter political outcomes, and I seek to further explore this topic in experimental settings.

I am currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia, and I hold an M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies from New York University. I have also worked as a consultant for clients within the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.

In my spare time, I love traveling, discovering new restaurants and breweries, and following all my favorite sports teams.