I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in mass behavior and representation in the American context. My current research projects involve (1) identifying electoral foundations of polarization in government (2) studying sources of intra-party division in the electorate (3) understanding perceptions of legislators and parties in government. My research has been published in Political Research Quarterly and Political Science Quarterly. Prior to my time at Pitt, I received a B.S. in Economics and Political Science at the College of Charleston.