I am an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at Davidson College. I teach and conduct research about American government and politics, with particular interests in women in politics, race and ethnicity in politics, political representation, local politics, survey research, political parties, 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 candidates decide to seek office, how their experiences campaigning are affected by their traits, and how this has changed post-2016. In another line of research, I investigate 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 other work, I evaluate how voters respond to candidates with diverse identities (by race, ethnicity, gender, and their intersections) in a variety of electoral contexts. Finally, I also consider the roles that various identities and their intersections play in shaping public opinion and political behavior. My research has been published in outlets such as Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Politics & Gender, British Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, 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.