So I’m now in DC for the foreseeable future, doing very interesting things with very obscene quantities of data. I have a few invited talks and conference presentations coming up, so hopefully sometime soon I’ll be able to share some of those materials on here as well.
It’s been a tumultuous six months since I last posted, and while I won’t document everything that’s transpired, the end result is that I moved to Los Angeles after my fellowship at Vanderbilt ended and am now working in so-called “real politics”, doing microtargeting and other kinds of applied research. This is hardly where I’d expected to be as of this time last year, but that’s how it played out, and I’m certainly enjoying many aspects of life outside the ivory tower. I’m still working on my own research whenever I can, though, and will even be heading to New Orleans for APSA next week to present some new work. Going forward, I’m hoping to use this site as a home for my research as it develops, and I’ll be sure to let you know how things go in the months ahead.
Another busy month for me. Just a few of the highlights since I last posted:
Successfully defended last month and submitted my final dissertation. When I started grad school, my goal was to have my PhD before I turned 30, and since I technically graduate on the 26th of this month I’ll have accomplished that goal with a whole 3 days to spare!
Immediately after finishing my dissertation, I packed up the last of my things and moved down to Nashville to start my postdoc at Vanderbilt’s CSDI.
Presented two papers at APSA in Seattle, one a coauthored paper with Josh Tucker and Ted Brader on the relationship between cross-pressures and participation (a newer version of what we presented at Midwest, EPSA, and PolNet), and the other a new paper introducing an original dataset which records the discussion of issues on the websites of major-party US Senate candidates between 2002 and 2008.
Finished two more papers and sent them off for review.
I’ve also done some more revisions to the site, including posting my research statement and adding more papers and other information to my Research page. (I guess it’s pretty obvious by now that I’m on the market this year, no?) You can also find links to revised versions of all my posted papers, my slides from APSA, and other interesting things on that page as well. While the coauthored APSA paper is posted there, I’ve left off the new paper because it’s still at the preliminary stage. But if after looking at the slides you still want more, just get in touch and I’ll send it along.