I am a political scientist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Christopher Newport University. My research areas are American political development, political economy, race, and labor politics.
My current project asks how coalitions that formed to fight for both racial and economic justice in the early twentieth-century shifted their focus away from programs for economic redistribution. Instead, they pursued a version of anti-discrimination politics that failed to challenge legislation in the 1940s-1960s that chipped away at labor rights and social welfare programs.
I also serve on the board of the Center for Working-Class Politics, a new center conducting quantitative and qualitative research on progressive electoral campaigns. Our first report, "Commonsense Solidarity: How a working-class coalition can be built, and maintained," was released in November 2021 and is available here.
I completed my Ph.D. in political science at the University of Pennsylvania in 2021, where I served as a Graduate Fellow in the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy for 2020-2021. For the 2021-2022 academic year, I worked with Senator Ron Wyden and the Senate Finance Committee as part of the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program. Prior to starting my doctoral program at Penn, I worked in health policy and nonprofit governance in Washington D.C. for five years. I earned my B.A. in Politics & Government from the University of Puget Sound.