Mass Politics

One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts and American Democracy.

2019. Oxford University Press (with Morgan Marietta)

This book examines the causes and consequences of dueling fact perceptions in the US, and what (if anything) can be done about it. We argue that factual polarization is more of a “bottom-up” process than researchers have appreciated, and that it is not going away.

Premises: The Underappreciated Elements of Liberalism-Conservatism

(with Morgan Marietta)

Political scientists have highlighted the role of abstract normative beliefs—or values—as undercurrents of liberal-conservative attitudes and identity, but they have neglected to distinguish the role of abstract factual beliefs, or premises. This project seeks to fill that gap, focusing on premises pertaining to human nature and society.

The Right to Petition: Ideology, Social Dominance Orientation, and Support for Political Protest

(with Kim Nalder and Jessica Newham)

This project seeks to understand the variance in support for political protest, to shed light on why some social movements succeed and others fail. It reexamines the role of political ideology, using both liberal and conservative protest causes as case studies, concluding that social dominance orientation is the strongest causal mechanism underlying conservative distaste for political protest—even protests that further their own goals.

The Evolving Role of Religion in US Politics

(with Robert Jones and Dan Cox of Public Religion Research Institute)

This project, for which we are currently seeking funding, examines the ways that the relationship between religion and conservative politics may be evolving. Among other things, it explores the extent to which there is an emergent white Christian Left, as well as whether white nationalists compete with or complement evangelicals in the new Republican coalition.

Grant Highlight

The National Science Foundation awarded us $40,000 to organize our conference and accompanying edited volume on The Politics of Truth.