About me


I am a PhD Candidate in Government at Georgetown University. My major field is American Government, with minors in Political Theory and Public Law.

My dissertation examines the role of activists and elites in shaping the message of the Tea Party. Specifically, I engage the questions of what factors made the Tea Party message salient, and how the Tea Party furthers our understanding of how ideological social movements shape and interact with political parties. For more information, see the “research” page.

Other research interests include religion and politics, public opinion, parties, and social movements.

Contact me at: rb459[asperand]georgetown[dot]edu

Special thanks to everyone who participated in the Virginia Politics Study. I will make the results available as soon as the survey is completed. Check back here, or contact me via email for updates.

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