I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and affiliated faculty with the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of South Carolina. I received my PhD from Indiana University in 2018. My research and teaching focus on topics related to gender and politics, representation, political institutions, and public opinion.
Broadly, my research addresses two questions: 1) How does the inclusion of historically underrepresented groups influence public opinion towards political institutions and their members?, and 2) How do institutional structures influence the emergence and behavior of women elites?
My research related to these questions has been published (or is forthcoming) in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Electoral Studies, Politics, Groups and Identities, European Journal of Politics and Gender, and Politics & Gender. Working papers on these topics are also available using the links above. In addition to these working papers, I have two ongoing book projects. The first examines how American perceptions of women's inclusion shapes evaluations of legislative bodies. The second focuses on gender and policing and the consequences of women's inclusion in police forces. Research based on the former was selected as the recipient of the 2020 Sophonisba Breckinridge Award, which recognizes the best paper on women and politics presented at the MPSA annual meeting.
A copy of my CV is available here.