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 the politics of identity, political parties, local and urban politics, survey research, and political behavior. My research investigates why American elected officials often do not share the traits of those they represent. In one line of research, I examine how political elites (like party leaders and campaign donors) affect who runs for and wins public office generally and how elite beliefs and behavior influence women's political representation specifically. In another set of research projects, I investigate how voters respond to candidates with diverse identities (by race, ethnicity, and gender) in a variety of electoral contexts.
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.