I am an Assistant Professor in the University of Tampa Department of Political Science and International Studies. I research and write about public policy and agenda setting, particularly within and between American political institutions. One of the things I find exciting about pursuing this line of research is that the policy process continually presents us with new research questions, and I think this is particularly true of political institutions as they evolve and change over time. It wasn't too long ago that the U.S. Congress was criticized for its fragmented approach to policymaking as committees and subcommittees dominated and parties were considered weak. Today the institution is under fire for a more centralized lawmaking process rife with dysfunction and partisan bickering. Understanding these changes, their sources, and their effects can help us better understand the institution's policymaking capacity and how it affects the U.S. political system at large.

My research on agenda setting also examines the use of information and analysis in policymaking, particularly on cybersecurity policy. Attention to cybersecurity has increased in recent years in the United States and in other countries, but "cybersecurity" still lacks a concrete, agreed-upon definition. Understanding how cybersecurity is being defined and discussed on different institutions' agendas, including the different issue dimensions, the sources of information and analysis on which institutions rely, and different institutions' structures and capacities to address cybersecurity is important for understanding policymaking and agenda setting not only on that issue but on similarly broad-reaching issues.