Research

Overview

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University of Minnesota’s campus overlooking downtown Minneapolis.

My research generally focuses on several interdisciplinary questions involving relationships between the public, the news media, and political elites. This includes assessing journalistic norms and practices, measuring changes in digital news content, and exploring how both citizens and officials navigate a shifting landscape of political information.

I am currently working on a book manuscript, entitled The Blind Scorekeepers, which examines the role of public opinion data in news coverage of American politics. It is based in part on my dissertation, a recipient of both the American Political Science Association’s E. E. Schattschneider Award (2018) and the Thomas E. Patterson Award (2017) for the best dissertation in American government and political communication, respectively.

Additionally, I am working on a separate project investigating news audiences, or the complicated relationship people have with following the news. It is focused mainly on “news avoiders,” or the unique population of people who say the almost never consume any conventional news whatsoever. This project began during my time as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism where I remain affiliated as a Research Associate.

Many of the articles below are behind paywalls or still in some stage of review or revision. Please reach out if you’d like a copy.

News Audiences

Public Opinion

Journalism Norms and Practices

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