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 a few awards—including an early-career award from Sociologists for Women in Society—been published in Science AdvancesSociological Science, Social Forces, Gender & Society, and Public Opinion Quarterly, and 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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