I study political communication at its intersection with science, health, and the environment.
I use experiments, surveys, and content analysis to examine the ways media and the public deal with contested factual issues. Ideally, my work aims to help communicators improve their approach to handling these sensitive topics.
Sources of contested beliefs: Misinformation, conspiracy theories, partisan media
Improving public understanding: Fact-checking, persuasive messages, media literacy
Barriers to consensus: Overconfidence, social identity, anti-elite sentiment
I'm from Riverton, Illinois. I live in SLC. I have three children: Julian, Beckett, and Ruby.