I am an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Davidson College. I teach and conduct research about American government and politics, with particular interests in candidate emergence, political parties, local and urban politics, survey research, and political behavior. My research investigates who runs for office in the US, the experiences they have when seeking support from elites and voters, and the activities of political actors who support candidates (like party leaders and campaign donors). My research has been published in outlets such as Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Politics & Gender, and Research & Politics.
Before coming to Davidson, I taught for several years at Sewanee. I earned my MA and PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Educational Studies from Vanderbilt University.