I am an assistant professor in the Martin School for Public Policy at the University of Kentucky. My research interests include public policy and agenda-setting within U.S. institutions, specifically Congress and the media, with an emphasis on how new media platforms serve elite interests.
My current work explores how U.S. senators strategically allocate attention by linking a choice model of excess information and limited attention to the attention diversity among politicians. Senators make trade-offs in their attention allocation and prioritize attention according to external incentives. More explicitly, how a senator prioritizes his attention is a function three relationships to the party, the institution, and his constituency. These roles lead to individual variation where senators allocate differing levels of attention and make trade-offs between their four primary priorities: policy, politics, media, and constituents. They trade off attention among these four priorities according to the roles they fill as partisans, members of the institution, and representatives of their constituency.
I previously served as manager for the Policy Agendas Project, which collects and organizes data to track changes in the national policy agenda. I am currently a faculty fellow with the project.
I received B.A.s from the University of Oklahoma in both Political Science and Journalism and have been employed as a journalist at news organizations such as National Journal, Congressional Quarterly and the San Francisco Chronicle.