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, the Journal of Politics, and is forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press.
My work examines the mechanisms – psychological, social, and structural – that facilitate citizen engagement in politics, from voting to social movements. My forthcoming book 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 mobilizing possibilities of the honoring ancestors norm, and racial divisions in carceral state attitudes.
I am a member of Vanderbilt’s RIPS Lab and a Cornelius Vanderbilt Dean’s Faculty Fellow. I am a former Summer Fellow through the Center for Democracy and Organizing at the University of California, Berkeley 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.