I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I teach and study American Politics, Public Policy, and Methods.  I have a M.A. in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Political Science from Kenyon College.

My dissertation, directed by Jason Roberts, is entitled “Chamber Competitiveness, Political Polarization, and the Battle for Legislative Majority Control.” A copy of a draft of my dissertation is available here, as well as a shorter working paper on my research on the role of minority party hardship on candidates’ decisions on whether to run for office and incumbents’ decisions on whether to seek reelection.

My research on advertising in the context of North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry, whose picture appears on official inspection placards in every elevator in the state, has appeared in the Boston Globe, Charlotte Observer, the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog, and the London School of Economics’ US Politics and Policy Blog. I also spoke to WFAE, Charlotte’s NPR station, about this research.

My research on congressional wave elections has appeared in Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics and on the Catholic University Institute for Policy Research Blog.



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