My current position is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. Curriculum Vitae

Much of my current work examines the various facets of climate change communication, specifically its origins and impact on public opinion and policymaking. I also focus on political communication both inside and outside formal political systems. Current related work includes investigations of political communication among religious elites in the United States, the communication strategies of the far-right in Greece, and populist language in the Italian parliament. Lastly, I am also generally interested in how political and social institutions influence prosperity, public health, and sustainable development.

My work has appeared in Global Environmental Change, Social Science & Medicine and the Journal of Development Studies. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science (World and Comparative Politics) and a M.A. in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University as well as a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Politics
  • Political Communication
  • Political Behavior
  • International Development & Political Economy

Selected Current Work

"Computer Assisted Recognition of Climate Denial and Skepticism."  (with T.G. Coan and John Cook)

"Measuring the Influence of Conservative Think Tanks on Climate Change Discussions in the US Congress."  (with T.G. Coan and Amy McKay)


  • International Politics
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • International Development
  • Quantitative Research Methods