I use qualitative and mixed mthods, and an interdisciplinary theoretical approach, to understand how political organizations and their opponents fight for power and influence in political and social venues.

Current Projects

Growth and Decline of Opposing Movements

  • With David Meyer, traces how the gun control and gun rights movements developed over time in conjunction with attention-grabbing shootings and policy fights. We emphasize, though, how each side is limited in its own distinct ways by the availability and distribution of resources within the movements.

Opposing Movements and Attention-Grabbing Events

  • Capitalizing on Horrible Events
  • Opposing Movements and the Politics of Blocking
  • Conditions for State-Level Legislative Change

Measures of Last Resort

  • With Amanda Pullum, analyzes how social movements use ballot initiative strategies to bypass unresponsive legislatures. We explore the use of this strategy by the labor movement and the gun control movement.