About Me

Welcome! I am a PhD student in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland (Go Terps!). My primary subfield is American Politics with specific interests in interest groups, legislative politics, and polarization. My secondary field is quantitative methods with a particular interest in modeling organizational structures of interest groups. I have worked in a variety of academic roles over the past few years including serving as an instructor of record, a teaching assistant, a research assistant (for various faculty at Princeton, Maryland, and Tennessee), and as the assistant director of a department program.

Before starting graduate school at Maryland, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. I am also a graduate of the Chancellor’s Honors Program at UT. Outside of academia, I have interned for a U.S. Senator’s field office and on the Hill for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. My work has been published in Political Research Quarterly, Interest Groups & Advocacy, and Pursuit.

For more information about my academic qualifications, including working papers and those that have been invited for resubmission, please see my CV..