I am an Assistant Professor in the Political Science department at Florida Atlantic University. I joined the Political Science Department at Florida Atlantic University in 2010 after receiving my PhD from Claremont Graduate University in American Politics and Public Policy. My research interests focus on women and politics, local politics, and environmental politics. My dissertation research examined the effect of the female mayors and city councilmembers on urban politics. I currently am researching the role of the County Sheriff in American Politics, gender targeting in political advertising (which recently received TESS funding), social capital and intersectionality, women's informal political participation in countries with high levels of natural resources, local political rhetoric, and women in Latin American political development, as well as a variety of other projects. Please feel free to contact me if you would like access to any of my working papers or published work.  

Please check out my research (including my peer-reviewed publications, conference papers, other publications, and works in progress), my teaching, and my personal interests.