Contact Information

  • Sheffield Methods Institute
    219 Portobello Street
    The University of Sheffield
    Sheffield S1 4DP
  • +44 (0)114 222 7122

Professional Profile

I study human behaviour and how groups interact in society. I am really interested in understanding societal problems I am most interested in exploring the nature and consequences of intergroup relations, particularly with respect to racial and ethnic prejudice. I am also interested in how individuals make sense of their surrounding world, process incoming information, and make complex decisions. For my research, I use a number of different quantitative methods including generalized linear models, structural equation models, experimental design and treatment effects, analysis of complex surveys, and Bayesian estimation.

Prior to joining the Sheffield Methods Institute, I was the Founding Director of Survey Research for the Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis, as well as Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. I am a graduate of the University of California at Davis (B.A., International Relations), San Francisco State University (M.A., International Relations), and the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Ph.D., Political Psychology).

I have also taken to playing rugby union for Sheffield Hallamshire RUFC. Feel free to join us for some fun, fitness, and good competition (all abilities and experience are welcome).

Technical Skills



Expert, 5+ years

A powerful, free programming language for statistical computing used among methodologists.



Expert, 10+ years

An integrated statistical package commonly used by scholars in the social and health sciences.



Expert, 10+ years

A statistical modeling program for estimating models containing latent variables.



Beginner, 2+ years

An object-oriented programming language emphasizing code readability and clear syntax.

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