About Me

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Diego. I study American politics with a focus on participation, representation, race and ethnic politics, and inequality. I was recently a Democracy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. I received my Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Michigan. I also have a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University. 

My current book project explores legislative behavior in response to protesters in their congressional districts. Specifically, I examine whether and how congressional roll call voting changes based on the resources of those participating in collective action. Using formal theory and empirical analyses, I find that following protest legislators are more likely to support the interests of racial and ethnic minorities, the poor, and other groups that face greater costs to participation than they are to support higher resource groups with greater access to the political system.     
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship under Grant No. 1256260. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.