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Kia ora

I am a Lecturer in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington. I previously taught in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

I study the relationship between information, public opinion, and policymaking, especially during periods of crisis. I employ a variety of methods in my work, including experiments, content analysis, interviews, and statistical analysis.

My research is published or forthcoming in The American Review of Public Administration, DisastersEnvironmental Communication, International Journal of Communication, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Journal of Experimental Political Science, Journal of Public Affairs EducationPolitics & GenderPolitics, Groups, and Identities, 

PS: Political Science & Politics, and Social Science Quarterly, among others.

My book with Douglas A. Van Belle, That Could Be Us: News Media, Politics, and the Necessary Conditions for Disaster Risk Reduction, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2022.


The Handbook of Research Methods in International Relations, co-edited with R. Joseph Huddleston and Patrick James, was published with Edward Elgar Publishing in 2022.

I received a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Southern California in 2018. Before USC, I completed a BA (Hons) and an MA at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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