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 examines gender and other group differences in religion and their impact on group differences in politics. I argue that the same types of social processes that make women and other structurally-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 Science Advances, Sociological Science, Social Forces, Gender & Society, and Public Opinion Quarterly, and covered in The New York Times, The Economist, and Science News.