Dissertation - Normalizing Substance: The Transformation of Marijuana Politics in the United States [ see Abstract ]

Robustness Assessment for QCA [ R&R | R package]
My colleague, Ben Gibson, developed, and we have perfected a method to improve the robustness of results from Qualitiative Comparative Analysis.

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.