I am currently an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Politics at Drexel University.
In June 2017, I received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Davis. During the final year of my graduate career (the 2016-17 academic year), I was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Government & Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. 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.
On this website, you can access my CV, download copies of my publications and working papers, 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!