I am a PhD candidate in sociology at Indiana University, this year’s Wells fellow, and a consultant for a few groups working to address gender-based violence. I also teach a service-learning seminar on statistics, research methods, and using data to prevent sexual violence for Indiana University’s Liberal Arts & Management Program.
I’m a generalist interested in how beliefs shape, and are shaped by, social inequalities. Most of my research uses quantitative methods on national, cross-national, and experimental survey data. Substantively, I focus primarily on gender/sexualities, religion, and public opinion.
My dissertation and related book project examine gender and other group differences in religion and their impact on group differences in political values and voting behavior. I argue that the same types of social processes that make women and other disadvantaged groups more liberal also make them more religious, which then suppresses what would otherwise be much larger group differences in politics.
My work has received a few awards—including an early-career award from Sociologists for Women in Society—been published in Gender & Society, Public Opinion Quarterly, Social Forces, and Science Advances, and covered in The New York Times, The Economist, and Science News.