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About me


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. 



Research areas


  • 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 





Personal bio


I'm from Riverton, Illinois. I live in SLC. I have three children: Julian, Beckett, and Ruby.



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