My primary research agenda is on morality in politics, specifically moral rhetoric in party competition. I examine how moral rhetoric looks like in party campaigns, what its effects are on voters, and how voters think of moral argumentation, among other things. I study these topics from a comparative perspective. I am working on a book manuscript on moral rhetoric in party campaigns.
Outside of morality and politics, I research other aspects of party competition, such as valence attacks and issue position shifts. These projects investigate previously under-explored aspects of parties’ messages and voters’ responses to those messages.
Moreover, I have a separate line of research on norms, stereotypes, and public opinion. I investigate how signals about social norms and counter-stereotypes affect people’s attitudes on issues such as abortion, gender equality, and LGBTQ rights.
I am also working with Professors Pepper Culpepper and Taeku Lee on a project titled “BANK-LASH: Banks, Popular Backlash, and the Post-Crisis Politics of Financial Regulation,” funded by the European Research Council. We are conducting nationally representative panel surveys and survey experiments in six countries (Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, and the US) to examine how different media frames on banking scandals affect voter behaviors and attitudes toward elites, financial regulation, and other sociopolitical issues.