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Education

In Progress Ph.D. Political Science, University of California, Merced  
          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, Subnational Politics, State Politics, Legislative Behavior, Party Politics, Legislative Organization, Political Economy, Comparative Institutions, Representation, Gender Politics, Race Politics

Peer Reviewed Publications

Compensation, Opportunity and Information: A Comparative Analysis of Legislative Nonresponse in the American States. With David Fortunato. Forthcoming at the Political Research Quarterly.

Working Papers

Minority-Party Influence in the U.S. Congress: Floor Proposals and Minority Leverage in the House (with Jeffery A. Jenkins and Nathan W. Monroe).

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

Gender Effects on Member Assignments to Committees in State Legislatures.

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

 The Effect of Party Information Structure in State Legislatures.

 A Reexamination of the Demographic Determinants of Survey Nonresponse. 2017. With David Fortunato and Matt Hibbing.

Grants and Awards

 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
          Summer 2017 - $4550
          Winter 2016 - $2200
          Summer 2016 - $1657
          Winter 2015 - $2500
          Summer 2015 - $2500
          Winter 2014 -  $1314
          Summer 2014 - $5000

Conferences Presentations 

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

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

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

April 2015, Legislative Professionalism and Nonresponse paper was presented at The Midwest Political Science Conference, by Tessa Provins.

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

Teaching Experience

Political Science 127: Race, Gender, and Politics
          University of California, Merced,  Spring 2017

Political Science 001: Intro to American Politics (Teaching Assistant)
          University of California, Merced,  Fall 2013

Political Science 10: Understanding Political Controversy (Teaching Assistant)
          University of California, Merced,  Fall 2015
          University of California, Merced,  Spring 2015

Political Science 100: Congressional Politics (Teaching Assistant)
          University of California, Merced,  Summer 2016

Political Science 105: Introduction to International Relations (Teaching Assistant)
          University of California, Merced,  Fall 2014

Political Science 111: Liberty, Equality, and the Constitution (Teaching Assistant)
          University of California, Merced,  Summer 2016

Political Science 165: International Organizations (Teaching Assistant)
          University of California, Merced,  Spring 2014

Economics 10: Statistical Inference (Teaching Assistant)
          University of California, Merced,  Spring 2016

Economics 100: Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis (Teaching Assistant)
          University of California, Merced,  Fall 2016

Professional Service 

Referee/Reviewer: Journal of Politics

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

UC Merced Graduate Student Peer Mentor, Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Invited Presenter, UC Merced Graduate Recruitment Event, Fall 2015, 2016