The Marijuana Movement, Coalitions, and Influence over Marijuana Discourse [ Working Paper ]
I demonstrate how changes in the way the marijuana movement and civil rights organizations talked about marijuana set off changes in popular discourse about marijuana.
Politics and Discursive Change [ R&R ]
I show that marijuana politics (e.g. legalization, medicalization, emergence of dispensaries) created opportunities for (and influenced changes in) marijuana discourse across the U.S. .
The Diffusion of Legalization [ Forthcoming | PDF ]
I show that places with strong direct democratic infrastructures had more quickly adopted marjiuana legalization in the United States.
Marijuana Policy Change in the U.S. [ Under Review ]
I show that direct democracy, net of other factors, shaped the pace of medicalization and legalization.
Structural Determinants of Support for Legalization [ Under Review ]
I demonstrate how segregation across U.S. communities contributes to support for marijuana legalization.
Supervised Learning and Organizational Classification in the Dynamics of Collective Action [ In Progress ]
Despite poor coding/classification of organizations, data from the Dynamics of Collective Action (DOCA) have been widely used. Using natural language processing techniques, I provide a cleaned DOCA data set, and demonstrate the drastically distinct results the two data sets produce.
Barriers to Participation [ Under Review ]
Using a sample of college students, we demonstrate that beyond biographic factors, negative perceptions of protest and protestors inhibit participation in campus protest.
"Good" News Coverage of the Civil Rights Movement [ Published | PDF ]
My coauthors and I find that CRM organizations were able to attract more substantive coverage (coverage that adequately reflects the goals and views of the organizations) when they were moderate, if they were non-moderate but employed multiple types of action, or if they were not under investigation.
Substantive Coverage of Social Movements [ Published | PDF ]
My coauthors and I review and suggest directions in research on the ways in which social movement organizations get covered substantively.
Tea Party Movement Emergence [ Published | PDF ]
My coauthors and I explore how the distribution of the highly educated across local contexts influenced the emergence of the Tea Party.
Policing, Drugs, Race, and Injustice
Policing and Crime around Marijuana Dispensaries [ In Progress ]
My colleague Joshua Chanin and I demonstrate policing tends to concentrate around dispensaries, but this policing doesn't have a deterrent effect on crime.
Attitudes on Defunding the Police [ In Progress ]
Rod Colvin and I are working on a project regarding national public opinion on defunding the police.
Policy and Political Change
The Consequences of the Pandemic on Black Political Action [ In Progress ]
Christopher Parker and I are collaborating to investigate the impacts of pandemic-related anxiety on the depression of political behavior by people of color.
Racial Minority Interest Group Lobbying in California [ In Progress ]
My colleague Nhat-Dang Do and I demonstrate that RMIGs influence policy change when building (and collaborating with) coalitions that cut across racial-ethnic organizations.
Politician Decision-Making [ Published | PDF ]
I demonstrate that incumbent politicians' voting patterns are influenced by recently elected movement-endorsed representatives, changing the overall structure of Congress. Politicians do pander to movements.
Electoral Counter-Mobilization [ Published | PDF ]
I demonstrate that while organizations tend to help movement-aligned causes, movement activity (in the form of rallies or protests) tend to yield negative consequences (electoral countermobilization).