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Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, 2018-Present

Education

 Ph.D. Political Science, University of California, Merced, 2018
          Concentration: Political Institutions and Political Economy
          Dissertation: Information, Economy, and Gender: Leveraging US State Legislatures for Comparative                                                 Analysis of Legislative Institutions
          Committee: Nathan Monroe (Chair), Jessica Trounstine, Brad LeVeckDavid Fortunato

M.A. Political Science, University of California, Merced, 2016
          Concentration: Political Institutions and Political Economy
          Advisor: David Fortunato

B.A. Economics, Stanford University, 2013
          Concentration: Micro Economic Theory and Public Policy
          Advisor: Scott McKeon

Research Interests

American Politics, State Politics, Congressional Politics, Gender Politics, Legislative Behavior, Legislative Organization, Party Politics, Political Economy, Racial and Ethnic Politics, Representation

Peer Reviewed Publications

Compensation, Opportunity and Information: A Comparative Analysis of Legislative Nonresponse in the American States (with David Fortunato). Political Research Quarterly, 2017.  70: 644-656.

Under Review

Towards a Theory of Minority-Party Influence in the US Congress (with Jeffery A. Jenkins and Nathan W. Monroe)

Break-off and Shirking in Online Surveys (with David Fortunato and Matt Hibbing)

Working Papers

Gender Effects on Member Assignments to Committees in State Legislatures

Committee Seat Allocation in State Legislatures (with David Fortunato and Nathan W. Monroe)

Debate and Legislative Productivity in American State Legislatures (with Nicholas O. Howard)

The Effect of Party Information Structure in State Legislatures

The Role of the Economy in the Assignment of Committee Seats to Minority Party Members

Awards

 Emerging Scholars Award, Honorable Mention, 2018

Grants

 Choctaw Nation Higher Education Grant
          Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 - $2000
          Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 - $2000
          Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 - $2000
          Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 - $2000
          Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 - $1600

 Political Science Graduate Student  Skill Building and Research Fellowship
          Winter 2017 - $2276
          Summer 2017 - $4550
          Winter 2016 - $2200
          Summer 2016 - $1657
          Winter 2015 - $2500
          Summer 2015 - $2500
          Winter 2014 -  $1314
          Summer 2014 - $5000

Conferences Presentations 

August 2019, Committee Seat Allocation in State Legislatures was presented at American Political Science Association Conference.

June 2018, The Role of the Economy in the Assignment of Committee Seats in State Legislatures was presented at State Politics and Policy Conference.

April 2018, The Role of the Economy in the Assignment of Committee Seats in State Legislatures was presented at Midwest Political Science Association Conference.

January 2018, Gender Effects on Member Assignments to Committees in State Legislatures was presented at Southern Political Science Association Conference.

September 2017, Gender Effects on Member Assignments to Committees in State Legislatures was presented at American Political Science Association Conference.

June 2017, Gender Effects on Member Assignments to Committees in State Legislatures was presented at State Politics and Policy Conference.

April 2017, Gender Effects on Member Assignments to Committees in State Legislatures was presented at Midwest Political Science Association Conference.

April 2015, Legislative Professionalism and Nonresponse paper was presented at Midwest Political Science Association Conference.

January 2015, Minority-Party Influence in the U.S. Congress: Floor Proposals and Minority Leverage in the House and Senate paper was presented at Southern Political Science Association Conference.

Teaching Experience

State Politics
PS 1252, University of Pittsburgh, Spring 2019

Congressional Politics and Legislative Process
PS 1211, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2018

Race, Gender, and Politics
          PS 1205, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2018
PS 127, University of California, Merced, Spring 2017

Teaching Assistant Experience

Introduction to American Politics
          PS 001, University of California, Merced, Fall 2013

Understanding Political Controversy (Introduction to Statistics)
          PS 10, University of California, Merced, Fall 2015
          PS 10, University of California, Merced, Spring 2015

Congressional Politics
          PS 100, University of California, Merced, Summer 2016

Introduction to International Relations
          PS 105, University of California, Merced, Fall 2014

Liberty, Equality, and the Constitution
          PS 111, University of California, Merced, Summer 2016

International Organizations
          PS 165, University of California, Merced, Spring 2014

Statistical Inference
          Econ 10, University of California, Merced, Spring 2016

Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis
          Econ 100, University of California, Merced, Fall 2016

Professional Service 

Editorial Board: State Politics and Policy Quarterly

Referee/Reviewer: Journal of Politics,  State Politics and Policy Quarterly,  Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties

University Committee Service
Technology and Alumni Relations Committee AY 2018-2019

Invited Presenter
MLK Social Justice Symposium Spring 2018
APSA Panel Marginalized Groups in Academia Fall 2018
UC Merced Graduate Recruitment Event Fall 2016
UC Merced Graduate Recruitment Event Fall 2015

Political Science Department Graduate Delegate  to UC Merced Graduate Student Association,  Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

UC Merced Graduate Student Peer Mentor, AY 2017-2018 & AY 2016-2017