I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Rowan University where I teach classes in American politics and public policy. I received my PhD from the University of California, Irvine where I was an affiliate of the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) and a 2017 Harvey Scholar.
In the broadest sense, my research centers on understanding how institutional, group, and individual identities shape politics and public policy. I execute this overarching goal through three streams of subfield research. First, I study public policy processes and substantive policy issues. Much of my work in these areas investigates the way connections to identity and culture shape policy outcomes. In a second stream of research, I study the role policymakers’ identities play in their campaigns and behavior. Lastly, I investigate how institutional identity impacts national policy outcomes. Some of my research bridges one or more of these areas and much of my work employs large datasets and quantitative analyses.
For more information on my ongoing projects, please see my research page.