My academic work sits at the intersection of several different subfields: gender and intersectional identity in politics (with a focus on American elections), political psychology and behavior (with a focus on voter information-gathering and decision-making), and survey and experimental design. In turn, these fields draw on work on the sociology of gender, social psychology, and behavioral economics, respectively. Working at the intersection of multiple fields can make literature reviews taxing, but I like to think it makes for interesting questions, too.

What really excites me about this work is that there are still a lot of big questions to address about whether, when, and how gender matters in politics. While most folks know that the number of women in office in the US has remained low (and declined in some states), the number of women in office is only one measure of how gender might matter to voters. The kind of women we elect is another. Exploring how we "see" gender as relevant to politics, how gender intersects with other identities like class, race, and sexual orientation, and the effects of our unconscious psychological processes on both election results and women's willingness to run for office is the subject of my dissertation. 

Current Projects

Please see CV. Manuscripts available where indicated.

During 2017, I worked as a research assistant to Amy Lerman ( Coverage of part of our work can be seen here and here. 

Committee: Gabe Lenz (co-chair), Laura Stoker (co-chair), Ruth Collier, Sarah Anzia, and Amy Lerman


Design of Lightweight Robots for Over-Snow Mobility (with Jim Lever and Sally Shoop, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab)

Gated article here ā†’


Media Coverage

Johnson, Lizzie. 2016-11-16. Political Women Gather to Shake Off Loss, Look for Way Forward. San Francisco Chronicle

Elian, Melissa Bunni. 2016-11-07. 'Season of Discontent' Project Voices Millennial Anxieties. NBC News. 

Elliot, Krissy. 2016-10-13. Sexual Politics: The 2016 Presidential Race is Notable for Misogynist Rhetoric. California Magazine. 

Smith, Chris. Fall 2016. Coded and Loaded: How Politicians Talk About Race and Gender Without Really Talking About Race and Gender. California Magazine. 

Kalem, Stefanie. Spring 2016. Do Voters Prefer Well-Behaved Women? Promise of Berkeley Magazine, p. 9.

Maclay, Kathleen. 2015-09-25. Women Candidates and Winning Mixes of Femininity, Masculinity. Berkeley News.