I am a political scientist with interests across the fields of public opinion, political behaviour, foreign policy, and quantitative methods. My substantive interests are public opinion and political behaviour in the United States, Canada, and Europe, the spatial and geographic dimensions of policy attitudes, and the structure and determinants of foreign policy attitudes.
As of July 2017, I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. I was previously Visiting Fellow at the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, and have taught in the Department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
I received my PhD in the Department of Government at the University of Essex, where I was supervised by Professor Thomas Scotto. I received my BA (Highest Honours; University Medal) in Political Science and MA in Political Economy from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. I have also studied at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, the University of Toronto, and have attended the Summer Programme in Data Analysis (SPIDA) at York University.
Through my private sector work experience, I have conducted predictive modeling, survey research and business intelligence research for organizations across a range of industries, including hospitality, financial services, retail and aerospace, and also have experience conducting social research and evaluation research for government and intergovernmental organizations.
My statistical expertise encompasses a range of tools, including linear and generalized linear models, latent variable models (confirmatory factor analysis, structural equation modeling), multilevel analysis, multiple imputation and analysis of multiply-imputed data. I also have programming skills in SAS, SPSS, R, Mplus and SQL. I am a SAS Certified Base Programmer and a SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst.
As a survey methodologist, I have experience designing RDD telephone and dual-frame (landline plus cell phone) samples in the United States and Canada, in addition to experience with address-based sampling (ABS) methods in the United States, and area frame sampling techniques in developing countries. I also have significant experience with the poststratification weighting of survey data. Most recently, I have put these skills to use in designing original surveys examining the foreign policy attitudes of the Canadian and Australian publics, and also as co-Principal Investigator for the 2017–2019 wave of the World Values Survey in Indonesia.
I have worked as a data scientist at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and at a business intelligence firm consulting the wealth management industry. I have also worked at Gallup, where I served concurrently as Regional Director, North America for the Gallup World Poll and Statistician for the Gallup Panel.