I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia. My research lies at the intersection of historical and political sociology. In general, I am interested in the way in which political interests and identities coalesce in relation to states and parties. More specifically, my work addresses questions related to the evolution of electoral politics in the United States. I incorporate spatial and relational data analysis along with more traditional forms of historical inquiry in an effort to help explain political action as a contextually-specific practice.