Current Research Projects

Wrongful Convictions: State Policies and Public Opinion (with Kevin Mullinix and William Hicks)

In this project, we explore the development of state policies designed to mitigate, discover, and remedy wrongful convictions across the U.S., as well as the effects of wrongful convictions on public opinion toward the justice system. We are currently developing a book manuscript tentatively titled, The Politics of Innocence

Race and Perceptions of Police (with Kevin Mullinix and Toby Bolsen)

This project uses a variety of survey experiments to explore the public attitudes toward law enforcement, and how citizens respond to information about racial disparities.

Plea Bargaining in the “Shadow of the Trial” (with Allison Redlich and Kevin Petersen)

Using a series of online survey experiments, we examine plea decision-making at the individual level, with a focus on the elements of the theory of bargaining in the “shadow of the trial.”

Perceptions of Homelessness and Homeless Policies in the United States (with Christopher Dum and Kelly Socia)

In this project, we critically examines policies that target the homeless and their advocates. We are currently designing an online survey-experiment to assess public perceptions of homelessness and how people respond to information presented in various ways. 

Wrongful Conviction Organization Intake and Perceptions of Actual Innocence (with Samantha Luna)

Using a unique survey-experiment, we evaluate what factors influence perceptions of actual innocence, and affect whether an innocence project volunteer would likely recommend a case for further investigation.