I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. My research focuses on American political behavior and racial and ethnic politics; it appears in the American Political Science Review and is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics.
My work examines the mechanisms – psychological, social, and structural – that facilitate citizen engagement in politics, from voting to social movements. My current book project shows that social norms and racial segregation create variations in political participation across racial groups in American society. Other scholarship looks at participatory spillover from felony disenfranchisement policies, the effect of the honoring ancestors norm on participation, and racial divisions in carceral state attitudes towards reform.
I am a member of Vanderbilt’s RIPS Lab, a Cornelius Vanderbilt Dean’s Faculty Fellow, a former Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence Fellow at Stanford University, and the former Donna Schweers and Thomas Geiser Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow through Stanford’s Office of the Vice Provost of Graduate Education.
Previously, I was the Ameri*Corps VISTA for Community Engagement and Scholarship in the Office of Community Engagement at The College of William and Mary. I graduated with honors from The College of William and Mary in 2009 with a double major in American Studies and Government.