Position: Assistant Professor, Political Science.
Education: Doctorate in political science from the University of North Carolina, master of arts in political science from Illinois State University and a bachelor of science in journalism and a bachelor of arts in political science from West Virginia University. Dissertation title: "An Examination of Campaign Contacting Strategy and Movement in Party Identification."
Experience: Post doctoral scholar with the Carolina Institute for Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Has served as an instructor at Elon University and Illinois State University, a teaching assistant at Illinois State and an instructional assistant as a graduate student.
Conversation starter: Research interests includes: design and methods; inequalities and American politics; state and local politics; introduction to public policy; education policy; participation and civic engagement; elections and voting behavior; public opinion; political parties; the president; Congress; and introduction to American government. Is a member of Phi Beta Kappa; Kappa Tau Alpha, honor society in journalism; Golden Key, national honor society; and received the President's Award for Excellence in Scholarship. Participated in the 1997 Illinois General Assembly Mentor Program. Is a member of the American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, Southern Political Science Association, American Politics Research Group, American Society for Public Administration and Pi Sigma Sigma Policy Studies Honorary.