I am an assistant professor of sociology at University of Massachusetts Boston. My research focuses on how people lose trust in institutions, why they choose to leave them, and the political impacts of opting out. My current work examines religious disaffiliation as one case of this process, looking at how the growing nonreligious population in the United States thinks about issues and engages in political life.
My other solo and collaborative research projects examine prejudice and tolerance, religion in public life, and attitudes about contentious political issues. This work has appeared in Social Forces, Social Currents, The Sociological Quarterly, Secularism and Nonreligion, and The Annual Review in the Sociology of Religion. I am also the current editor and principal author at Sociological Images.
I earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, where I worked as an Edelstein Fellow with the American Mosaic Project and an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow with the Center for the Study of Political Psychology. I also hold an M.A. in Sociology from UMN and a B.A. in Political Theory and Social Policy from Michigan State University’s James Madison College.