I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science (starting in the Summer of 2015) at Tulane University. Prior to working at Tulane, I was an Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University. I received my PhD from Claremont Graduate University in American Politics and Public Policy in 2010. My research interests focus on women and politics, local politics, research methods, and environmental politics. My book, Women in Politics in the American City (Temple University Press) examined the effect of the female mayors and city council members on urban politics. I currently am researching the role of the County Sheriff in American Politics, gender and political ambition, local political rhetoric, twitter use by male and female political candidates, the role of religious beliefs in political attitudes and actions, and intersectionality and political participation, as well as a variety of other projects. My research used a variety of advanced methods, with a focus on experimental and survey research. 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.