I am currently a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Government & Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park.
In June 2017, I received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Davis. For my undergraduate education, I attended Vanderbilt University, where I earned a B.A. in Political Science in May 2008.
Broadly speaking, my research agenda centers around American representation, with a particular interest in why political elites engage in various types of behavior as well as in the mechanisms by which citizens evaluate and respond to these elite actors.
More specifically, my current scholarly work investigates a variety of questions about: how the U.S. Senate's system of dual representation (having two members for each state) affects the representation that citizens receive in Washington; the bearing that both a candidate's gender and a voter's gender might have on a voter's political behavior and political preferences; and how citizens use and respond to various types of elite cues.
As such, rather than being confined exclusively to the study of political institutions or political behavior, my research interests encompass both of these two major lines of inquiry within the American Politics subfield.
My dissertation, which I defended in May 2017, is entitled "Taking Shortcuts? Assessing Whether and How Citizens Use Heuristics to Evaluate and Elect U.S. Senators and U.S. Senate Candidates," and is very much aligned with my current research agenda that covers both institutions and behavior. Specifically, the first chapter, which was published in Electoral Studies in 2015, assesses how dual representation for states in the U.S. Senate might affect citizens' voting strategies when choosing among senate candidates; the second chapter, which currently has a "revise & resubmit" at Legislative Studies Quarterly, investigates how the use (or misuse) of party cues for inferring how senators have voted on major issues affects individuals' assessments of each of their two senators; lastly, the third chapter looks at how citizens might use a U.S. Senate candidate's gender as a heuristic in deciding for whom to vote.
On this website, you can access my CV, learn more about my research and teaching interests, and obtain my contact information. And of course, if any of my research is of interest to you, or if you have any questions about me or my work, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Thank you for visiting!