Welcome to my web page. I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Mississippi, where I was awarded the 2020-2022 University Faculty Fellowship and the 2020-2021 Junior Faculty Award. My published work appears in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Interest Groups & Advocacy, Political Science Quarterly, The Social Science Journal, IEEE Access, Significance, Environmetrics, and elsewhere.
I am one of the co-founders of the Institute for Advanced Analytics and Security (IAAS), a permanent interdisciplinary group focused on conducting basic science research, product and curriculum development, and the creation of a research lab staffed by undergraduate and graduate students.
My research focuses on uncovering complex social and political dynamics, and the development of novel research methods to study such interactions.
Social and Political Dynamics
My three general areas of interest are contributions/legislative behavior, terrorism/protests/societal instability, and voting/electoral participation.
My research agenda required the creation of a number of innovative methodological tools. I developed natural language processing algorithms that were used in my work on legislative behavior/campaign contributions and my work on terrorism. I also participated in the development of a space-time dynamic clustering algorithm, which allows the automatic selection of tuning parameters when clustering.
You can find my Google Scholar page here.