I study elections by exploring the interplay between institutions and behavior. I zero-in on the (formal or informal) rules that define the material function of language and structure the political connotations it carries. Moreover, my research traces the ways in which those linguistic dimensions dictate the choices made available to individuals in their daily lives and uncovers their use in racialized systems of exclusion. As a relatively new field of research, I establish foundational methodological criteria on how to measure and assess such language-based differences. This works uses a full spectrum of investigative methods (e.g., quantitative, computational, neuroscience) and analytical approaches to interpret all kinds of data for a wide range of causal explanations.
I am a first-generation scholar, and my academic journey would not have been possible but for the amazing guidance from instructors. For that reason, one of my favorite aspects of teaching is that I now get to offer younger generations of scholars that same base of support and mentorship. To that end, my instructional choices are motivated by the goal of helping students see and communicate the value of their own unique set of experiences. Among the ways that I know whether I am succeeding in these aims is that my students know that my office door is always open.