Welcome! I'm a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at MIT, where I study social movements and political activism, using survey, field, and natural experiments. I am supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. On this website, you can find my CV, links to working papers, and other writings.
My dissertation, supervised by Adam Berinsky, focuses on the relationship between between protests and public opinion. I draw on a wide array of data, including search data, surveys, voting returns, and archival data.
My dissertation aims to answer a continuing puzzle in the study of protests. Surveys consistently show that the public strongly disapproves of protests and protesters, and yet protests remain a central tactic of many social movements. My dissertation aims to resolve this apparent conflict by presenting a novel theory of protests. I argue that protests are not themselves persuasive, and may in fact backfire, but they are effective at increasing public interest. That interest in turn can be used for a variety of purposes, including agenda-setting, recruitment, and persuasion campaigns.
Other research is forthcoming at the British Journal of Political Science.