I am a Ph.D. student in Sociology at Indiana University. I completed my B.A. in Political Science at Amherst College in 2008.
My research focuses on the coping strategies that people use to maintain high, stable senses of self. I use both experimental and survey methods, and examine two disparate areas: motivations behind aggressive behavior and the development of political and racial attitudes.
I am currently working on two projects. The first, an experimental study, examines overcompensatory aggressive behavior as a response to masculine identity threat. The second project (with John Coutley) uses General Social Survey data to examine the association between experiencing upward social mobility and political and racial attitudes.