I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. I am a scholar of American politics and political methodology interested in the functioning of democracy and how the local context shapes it. My research spans both institutions and political behavior with a central focus on local politics. The questions I seek to answer speak to democratic representation, elite behavior, and race & ethnic politics. In addition to my substantive areas, I have methodological interests in computational methods, experimental design, and causal inference using observational data.
My dissertation addresses fundamental questions about how citizens shape policy in American local democracy: do local governments translate public opinion to public policy despite a system of overlapping governing institutions; can individuals foster greater responsiveness and transparency among local elites; and how do elites respond to rapid diversification of their constituents.
My writing and research can be found in the Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, Political Behavior, and the Journal of Experimental Political Science. In addition, a portion of my dissertation work received the Best Graduate Student Poster Award (Applications) from the Society of Political Methodology Summer Conference in 2021.
Before enrolling at Washington University in St. Louis, I graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Political Science from Arkansas State University. My master’s thesis explored the relationship between economic freedom and participatory democracy.
Washington University in St. Louis, 2016-Present
Ph.D. Political Science (in progress)
M.A. Political Science 2018
Arkansas State University
M.A. Political Science 2016
B.A. Political Science 2014
- American Politics
- Subnational Politics (Urban/Local)
- Race & Ethnic Politics
- Causal Inference
- Experimental Design
- Computational Models