University of California, Los Angeles

Political Science PhD Student

My research focuses on American Politics and American Political Economy. Recent events including the 2008 financial crisis and the response of state and local governments to the crisis have highlighted important areas of future research.

My recent work has focused on the recently emergent Tea Party movement which has become an influential force in the midterm elections. I have focused on trying to quantify the beliefs many Tea Party identifiers share and what has primarily driven the Tea Party phenomenon.

I have also been studying causes of the 2008 financial crisis. Specifically I am studying the impact of credit rating agency oligopolies propped up through government regulation.

Additional research focuses on the impact of economic expectations on political behavior. Specifically, how does ones’ expectations of future income mobility effect their political preferences and ultimately for whom they vote. For example, if one has a genuine belief in what many refer to as the “American Dream” and that economic mobility is possible--what effect does this have on political preferences and voting.

Previous research has focused on campaign spending strategy in the 2008 election, deregulation in the 1970s and 1980s, public opinion, survey research, and quantitative methods.

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