4814 W.W. Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Ph: (412) 648-7266
Fax: (412) 648-7277
I conduct research in experimental and behavioral political
economy. Using incentivized laboratory experiments, my work investigates a number of
central issues about democratic politics, including electoral accountability,
diversity and candidate emergence, and strategic communication. This work is
conducted at the Pittsburgh Experimental Economics Laboratory (PEEL), where I am a core faculty member.
I have also used observational data combined with formal models to conduct novel
tests of theories of political parties' reputations, congressional behavior, and
influence on lawmaking.
My work on the gender gap in candidate emergence (with my colleague Kristin Kanthak)
is funded by the National Science Foundation and has been featured in the media:
An important feature of my research agenda is to explore the boundary
between classical and bounded rationality and to demonstrate how models
based on a variety of behavioral underpinnings can be useful for
understanding politics. Consistent with this end, I have co-organized
the Behavioral Models of Politics Conference (Pittsburgh 2013, Duke 2014) to bring together and
promote the work of other scholars who share similar interests in
exploring models and model-based empirical analyses that depart from
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