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Welcome!

Welcome to my academic website. I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science as well as the Graduate Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University. I teach in a variety of areas, including American institutions, political behavior, and research methods. My research focuses largely on the interaction of religiosity and political behavior (especially in the American context). Previously, I have completed an appointment as a post doctoral research fellow at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute in Carbondale, Illinois. While there I was an adviser on issues of survey methodology and polling, as well as providing data collection and analysis.

I have published over twenty articles in a number of well regarded peer reviewed journals including Politics & Religion, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Review of Religious Research, the Journal of Religious Leadership, Representation, Politics & Gender, Politics, Groups, and Identities, the Journal of Communication and Religion, the Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture and the Social Science Computer Review. 

In addition, my research has been covered in a variety of media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NBC, Vox, 538, BuzzFeed News,  the Associated Press, Newsweek, Al-Jazeera, Reuters, Christianity Today, Religion News Service, The Daily Mail, Deseret News, World Magazine, Relevant, and C-SPAN. I am the co-founder and frequent contributor to Religion in Public, a forum for scholars of religion and politics to make their work accessible to a more general audience.

Finally, I am a pastor in the American Baptist Church, having served my current church for over thirteen years.

Relevant Experience

  • Present2019

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Eastern Illinois University

  • 20192012

    Instructor of Political Science

    Eastern Illinois University

  • 20122011

    Post Doctoral Fellow

    Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

  • 20112006

    Graduate Assistant

    Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Education

  • PhD 2011

    Doctorate of Philosophy

    Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

  • MA 2007

    Master of Arts

    Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

  • BA 2004

    Bachelor of Arts

    Greenville College