Department of Political Science
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203
Welcome! I am a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University.
I use text data to gain insight into the psychology and decision making of American political elites.
I utilize speech directed from political elites through public, targeted, and personal media. This includes public speech such as the Congressional Record and U.S. Supreme Court opinions, targeted speech such as the emails sent by U.S. Presidents to their most ardent supporters, and personal speech such as text gleaned from open ended responses in elite surveys.
I am interested in understanding elite psychology and decision making. I utilize supervised machine learning models trained on survey data to measure variations in elites' underlying psychological dispositions, which shape the utility they gain from many outcomes. I also use unsupervised methods trained on public and targeted communication to measure the action sets politicians define for themselves.
I focus my efforts on political elites within the American system, primarily presidents and federal legislators, but I have extended these efforts to other actors as well.