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I am an assistant professor of political science at Siena College. I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA in 2014. My research and teaching focus on American political institutions and elections, American political development, political communication, and research methods.

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Political Science University of Georgia
B.A. Political Science & Spanish Louisiana State University

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

My goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to play a more active role in our democratic process. By connecting political science to real-world problems and issues, I strive to make students conscious of how political science research can inform and improve our system of government.

What I Love About Siena

Siena's commitment to high-impact learning has really stood out to me. I am impressed by how students are driven to apply the concepts learned in the classroom in the real world. The students, faculty, and administration all work together to create a learning environment characterized by collaboration and a commitment to providing a rigorous liberal arts education.

My Favorite Courses to Teach

Contemporary U.S. Politics, Political Parties, Research Methods, Congress, the Presidency, Campaigns & Elections

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2020 - Now Assistant Professor of Political Science Siena College
2014 - 2020 Assistant Professor of Political Science Siena College
2008 - 2014 Graduate Instructor University of Georgia

Current Research

I am primarily interested in the intersection of American political institutions and elections. How do our rules and structures influence electoral processes and outcomes? How do electoral pressures and outcomes influence what elected officials do once in office? My research also examines the role of the media in our democratic process, as well as how our institutions have developed over time.

Articles & Book Reviews

  • Conventional Wisdom? Analyzing Public Support for a State Constitutional Convention Referendum
    State & Local Government Review
    2019
  • A Market-Based Model of State Supreme Court News: Lessons from Capital Cases
    State Politics & Policy Quarterly
    2015
  • Re-centralizing the U.S. House Appropriations Process, 1919-20
    Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History
    2012

Awards & Distinctions

  • Outstanding Tenure-Track Service Award
    Category: Service-University
    Siena College School of Liberal Arts, 2019

Books & Book Chapters

  • The Unforeseen Impacts of the 2018 US Midterms
    Palgrave Macmillan
    2020
  • Conventional Wisdom, Parties, and Broken Barriers in the 2016 Election
    Lexington Books
    2018

Presentations

  • Victims of the Drug War: The Opioid Epidemic, Criminal Justice, and Congressional Candidates' Rhetoric
    2020
    New England Political Science Association Meeting, Mystic, Connecticut
  • Novices and Veterans: The 2018 Congressional Primaries
    2019
    Southern Political Science Association Meeting, Austin, Texas
  • Talking Smack: How Congressional Candidates Frame the Opioid Epidemic
    2019
    American Political Science Association Meeting, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Women, Novices, and Veterans: Democratic Congressional Primary Candidates in 2018
    2019
    American Elections Conference - St. Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Conventional Wisdom: Analyzing Public Support for 2017 New York Constitutional Convention Referendum
    2018
    Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois
  • Gender and Candidate Experience in Congressional Primary Elections
    2018
    Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois
  • Endorsements in the Invisible Primary: Still a Useful Indicator?
    2017
    American Elections Conference - St. Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Gender, Ideology, and Candidate Quality in the 2012 Congressional Primaries: An Exploration
    2016
    American Political Science Association Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Determinants of Voter Participation in Primary Elections for the U.S. House of Representatives: An Exploration
    2015
    Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois
  • A Market-Based Model of State Supreme Court News: Lessons from Capital Cases
    2014
    Western Political Science Association, Seattle, Washington
  • Ballots, Economic, and the Rise of Candidate-Centered Politics in U.S. House Elections
    2014
    Southern Political Science Association Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Liberating Airwaves? Television and Candidate-Centered Politics
    2014
    Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois
  • Breaking Free: The Rise of Candidate-Centered Politics in U.S. House Elections
    2013
    Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Personal Vote and Progressive Ambition: The Unintended Impact of One Man, One Vote
    2013
    Southern Political Science Association Meeting, Orlando, Florida
  • Breaking Free: The Rise of Candidate-Centered Politics
    2012
    American Political Science Association Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Correcting the Urban Advantage: Progressive Ambition as an Unintended Consequence of One Person, One Vote
    2012
    Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois
  • War before the Floor: Committee Leaders, Preferences, and Parties in U.S. House Elections
    2012
    Southern Political Science Association Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Comparative Advertising and Strategy in U.S. House Elections
    2011
    Pre-Conference of the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association, Seattle, Washington
  • Comparative Advertising: Strategy in the 2002 and 2004 Congressional Elections
    2011
    Southern Political Science Association Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • A Memorable Campaign? Negative Advertising and Salience in the 2004 and 2008 Presidential Elections
    2010
    Georgia Political Science Association Meeting, Savannah, Georgia
  • Newspaper Coverage of State Supreme Court Decisions
    2010
    Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois