A lot is happening over here!
First- My student Alec and I finalized our publication about how the news media uses the phrase "identity politics" (per my last post). I look forward to seeing it in PS: Political Science and Politics.
Second- I got a Revise and Resubmit verdict on my paper about whether supporting Donald Trump makes a politician appear more "conservative" to the public (Spoiler: it does. People who praise Trump are seen as a full point more conservative than identical candidates who do not endorse him.) Some of the nicest reviews I ever gotten! I'll be making some updates to the theory (including some political identity work by Mason) and some of the CCES analysis that I conducted to replicate a related finding by Hopkins and Noel.
Third- I welcomed a son into the world in January. He is the cutest. However, this has made it incredibly hard to do work. Motivation is at an all time low. I expected this, which is why I worked hard in the first few months of the sabbatical. This experience has also made me an absolute advocate for paternity leave, something I rarely thought about until now.