My Story

In first grade, when I memorized the names of all the presidents and their birth and death dates, my parents had a suspicion that I might have an interest in politics. Although my interests have extended to international relations, urban planning and business, my early interest in American politics proved prophetic. Now I enjoy teaching and and conducting research on public policy, political behavior, public opinion, state politics, and local politics that is compelling to academics, legislators, and the public. I am particularly interested in the ways that sense of place can influence political behavior and how people’s feelings affect public policy. At Wilson, I teach students how to express their views persuasively and equip them with the tools to promote societal change through governance and public policy.



  • BA, Mount Holyoke College, International Relations
  • MLA, University of Pennsylvania, International Relations
  • MA, University of Iowa, Political Science
  • PhD, University of Iowa, Political Science

Research Interests

  • American Politics
  • State and Local Politics
  • Policy Diffusion

Courses Taught

  • PSC 1510: Introduction to American Politics
  • PSC 2730: Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
  • HIS 4800: Senior Seminar in History and Political Science

Crews and Other Activities

  • Pre-Law Advisor
  • Political Science Research Crew Supervisor
  • American Political Science Association