I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration as well as a core faculty member in the Public Policy PhD program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011.
My research agenda focuses broadly on the area of representation in American politics with a focus on state politics, state courts, and gender and politics. My research has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, American Politics Research, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, the Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy and others. My current research on state courts of last resort and policy diffusion has been supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation.
My dissertation, Understanding Female Candidates and Campaigns for Governor, was awarded the Christopher Z. Mooney Award for the best dissertation in the area of State Politics by the American Political Science Association. I teach courses on state and local politics, gender and politics, economic development, public policy, and research methods.
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