I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. My research interests include American political behavior, public opinion, and race and ethnicity. In particular, my research explains how racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. develop their identities and political attachments. While race was traditionally seen as an assigned trait in U.S. politics, the growth of minority populations, increases in intermarriage, and political recognition of multiracial labels signal a sharp change in how Americans view race and ethnicity. I study identity in a way that reflects this new reality—treating race and ethnicity as constructed, subjective, and intersecting concepts. My ongoing research projects examine the fluidity of racial identification, policy ramifications of multiple-race identification, the politics of interracial couples, and minority responsiveness to racial cues.
My research has appeared in journals including the American Sociological Review, American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. My book, Politics Beyond Black and White (Cambridge University Press), assesses how social, historical, and economic processes help construct multiracials' identities and political outlook. My work has been featured in national media outlets, including CNN, Time magazine, NBC News, National Public Radio, and New York magazine. I have received several awards for my research and teaching, including the International Society of Political Psychology’s David Sears Best Book Award; the 2021 Emerging Scholar Award from the Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior section of the American Political Science Association; and the Stanford University Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.
I received my Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. I also hold an M.A. from Princeton and a B.A. (with distinction) from the University of Michigan.