I’m a doctoral candidate in sociology at Indiana University. I study 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 several awards, has been published in Science Advances, Sociological Science, Social Forces, Gender & Society, and other journals, and has been covered in The New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, and Science News. I recently wrote an article about one of my studies for the Washington Post: Why some Christians don’t believe in gun control: They think God handed down the Second Amendment.

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