Eric R. Schmidt is a PhD Candidate (expected graduation date: spring 2020), with concentrations in American Politics and Quantitative Research Methods. He is the recipient of a College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Research Fellowship (2019-2020), and his peerreviewed work has been published in Political Behavior. Schmidt's research focuses on political sophistication, public opinion, and democratic competence. In his dissertation, he addresses the opportunities political scientists have missed by ignoring the democratic implications of twodimensional (economic and cultural) public opinion. When we account for two-dimensional political attitudes, we find that (1) the public engages with elite cues using more discretion than commonly believed; and that (2) the group-centrism thought to permeate political judgment is primarily about political goals.