I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
I study how information and public opinion affect policymaking, especially during periods of crisis. In my research, I argue that these periods create extraordinary conditions to create change and pursue policies that would otherwise be all but impossible.
I employ a variety of methods in my work, including experimental methods, qualitative and quantitative content analysis, in-depth interviews, and large-N quantitative analysis.
My research is published or forthcoming in Environmental Communication, International Journal of Communication, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Journal of Experimental Political Science, Political Science, and Sustainability, among others.
I received my PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Southern California. Before USC, I completed a BA (Hons) and an MA at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.