My research agenda includes work in both methodology and American politics. Broadly, I am interested in using text analysis techniques and big data to answer questions about policy change and policy outputs. Within methodology, I am interested in developing and testing tools that researchers can use to extract meaningful measures and information from text. This means I am interested in developing, validating, and providing a better understanding of text analysis approaches. Within American Politics, I am broadly interested in policy outputs and in the process of policy change. This includes specific interests in how framing influences policy outputs in Congress (my dissertation), racial disparities in traffic stop outcomes, and political communication. My research offers insight into the relationship between the context of policy making and the outcomes achieved. I do so by using — and occasionally developing — a variety of methods in multiple domains.