My research explores the extent to which religion undergirds or undermines democratic support among citizens. More specifically, I have published articles on the relationship between religion and political tolerance among both citizens and clergy, as well as the political implications of the emergent church movement – an offshoot of evangelicalism that has a radical deliberative democratic structure. My future agenda is concerned with better understanding the role that clergy play in the political and social life of the local congregation, as well as measurement of religiosity and religious classification in survey design.
I rely on a variety of data sources from well known surveys like the GSS and CCES to datasets that I have collected personally of tweets or sermons. My work is highly quantitative in nature and is beginning to include machine learning algorithms to better understand religion and politics.