Welcome! I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. I defended my dissertation at the University of Georgia in January 2017 and graduated in May 2017. Before coming to the University of South Carolina I served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida - St. Petersburg and a Lecturer at the University of Florida.
My fields of study are American and Comparative Politics. My research interests include Electoral Behavior, Political Parties, Elections, Ideology, Voter Choice, the Presidency and Congress, Political Methodology, and Experimental Methodology.
Much of my research, including my dissertation, focuses on how voters perceive the ideology and issue positions of candidates and parties and what factors influence how voters make these perceptions. My dissertation focuses on the impact that the party and the race of a candidate has on a voter’s perceptions of that candidate's ideology and issue positions, and in what ways candidates can overcome the perceptions that voters make. Many of my other articles examine the ideology of candidates and parties and how it effects their successes in elections and in the legislature.
On this website, you can access my CV, view my research and teaching statements, and obtain my contact information. PDF files of my publications can be found under the Research tab. If any of my research is of interest to you, or if you have any questions about me or my work, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for visiting!