My research examines the interaction between public opinion and elite policy making. I investigate both directions in these casual relationships—examining how the public judges policy makers and how electoral incentives shape policy makers' behavior. This work is motivated by an overarching concern for democratic representation and the quality of public policy.
Empirically, I focus on voters, legislators, parties, and policy experts in the United States and Canada. I employ a diversity of methodological approaches, including survey and field experiments, original, large-N observational datasets, and qualitative case studies.