Dissertation - Normalizing Substance: The Transformation of Marijuana Politics in the United States [ see Abstract ]
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.
Political Consequences of Discursive Change [ In Progress ]
I show that changes in marijuana discourse across the U.S. had impacts on local level marijuana politics (e.g. legalization, medicalization, emergence of dispensaries).
Structural Determinants of Support for Legalization [ Working Paper ]
I demonstrate how segregation across U.S. communities contributes to support for marijuana legalization.
Electoral Counter-Mobilization [ R&R ]
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).
Politician Decision-Making [ Working Paper ]
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.
Barriers to Participation [ Working Paper ]
Using a sample of college students, I demonstrate that beyond biographic factors, negative perceptions of protest and protestors inhibit participation.
The Emergence of Marijuana Dispensaries [ In Progress ]
Using computational techniques, I built a unique data set of marijuana dispensaries across the U.S. I consider the ways in which social structural environments influenced the rate of dispensary emergence.
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 drasticly distinct results the two data sets produce.
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.