I teach primarily in the areas of American Government, Women and Politics, Urban Politics, Scope and Methods, and Environmental Politics. I also teach Quantitative Methods II in our Ph.D. program and advise graduate students. In the academic year 2017-2018, I am teaching Religion and Politics in the United States as a part of the Duren Professorship Program. My Environmental Politics class is a Service Learning course and I frequently teach writing intensive classes.
I am a strong proponent of integrating undergraduate students into the research process. I also love to coauthor with students! I have several ongoing projects with undergraduate and graduate student coauthors.
My research often examines the intersection of political science and pedagogy, with evaluations of the political ambition of students, the presence of gender content in methods instruction in political science, the use of simulations in urban politics, and trends in women and politics instruction. I use these projects and other assessments to routinely evaluate and improve my instruction and my interactions with students. I also survey my students about their classroom experiences, so expect to be a part of the process when you take one of my courses.