Welcome to my website! I am a doctoral candidate at the University at Albany working full-time on my dissertation. I passed field examinations in American politics and public policy. My research interests include urban politics and policy, legislatures, political science pedagogy, state and local politics, and civic engagement.
Beyond my publication record that illustrates the intersection of civic engagement and urban politics, I am particularly proud that my dissertation reveals that in order to understand the policy decisions of municipal officials, one must not ignore the policy activities of their federal representatives. Further, my dissertation chronicles how U.S. Representatives balance framing the impact of policy in both local and national terms, and adds a useful framework to the literature for further research on this topic.
Beyond my work at the academy, I am a seasoned public administrator with diverse experience in the non-profit and government sectors. In addition to my professional experience, I was also an elected political party official in an urban political machine. Thus, my credentials rest upon a foundation consisting of practical and academic building blocks. Please search around my website and feel free to contact me for any reason. Thanks for visiting!
2006-Present Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, University at Albany, State University of New York. Fields: American politics and public policy.
Dissertation Title: "Practicing Representation: The Influence of Political Competition on the Home Styles of U.S. Representatives.
Expected Completion: May 2016
2007 Master of Arts, University at Albany, State University of New York, Political Science.
2006 Bachelor of Arts ~ Magna Cum Laude, Wagner College. Major of Public Policy & Administration with a concentration in Urban Policy. Minor of History.