I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. My research focuses on the consequences of declining unionization for levels of political inequality in the American States.
I received my Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2017. My dissertation, supervised by Dr. Gerald C. Wright, emphasizes labor's unique role in state politics as an interest group advocating for low-income people. The decline of labor in the states influences how citizens relate to government, but does so in some states, and for some people, more than others.
My research interests include state politics and policy, inequality, political behavior, and representation. I am also interested in quantitative and experimental methodology, particularly data visualization, "big data," and estimating state level public opinion.
My experience as an editorial assistant at Perspectives on Politics shapes the types of interconnected conversations I want to have in political science. My emphasis on economic inequality is informed by work across subfields, and, indeed, across social science disciplines.
A native of Providence, RI, I received a B.A. with honors from Providence College in 2010 (Go Friars!).