I am an associate professor in the political science department at the University of California, Davis. I received my Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2007 and my B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003.
My research examines whether and when different types of political information help uninformed voters to make political decisions that improve their welfare. This information may come from trusted endorsers, encouraging citizens to vote for a particular candidate or initiative, or from politicians competing in a debate. Citizens may also rely on the statements their peers make during discussions, the opinions of the masses (as reflected in public opinion polls), or the detailed policy information contained in voter guides. Using experiments in survey, laboratory, and field settings, my research sheds light on when these different types of information help uninformed voters to behave as though they are more informed.