I am a Political Science PhD candidate and National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow and Robert T. Holt Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Fellow at the University of Minnesota. I received a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University in 2013, and I am currently studying American Politics and Quantitative Methods (with a PhD minor in Political Psychology). My research primarily focuses on political expertise; how citizens acquire information about politics, the extent to which that information shapes their political behavior, and the attitudes that citizens hold toward people who are experts in policy, scientific, or other domains. I am also broadly interested in public opinion, political psychology, and survey methodology. Additionally, I am a Research Associate for the Wesleyan Media Project and consult for public opinion survey research projects on an ad hoc basis.