My research program focuses on questions of political and economic inequality, with a special focus on the experiences of the poor with government and the representation of the interests of the poor in policymaking. My dissertation combines these interests into a study of rural individuals' attitudes and experiences in the realm of health care.  My work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, the Election Law Journal, Political Science Research & Methods, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 


Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, I earned my Master’s of Applied Politics degree at the University of Akron and my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Murray State University. Outside of academia, I am a former congressional campaign staffer and fundraiser. 

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Welcome to my academic website. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University.  Email me at with any questions or comments. 

Social Scientist- Vanderbilt University