- Undergraduate Faculty
Associate Professor of Political Science
Growing up in a small town in Wisconsin, I never paid much attention to politics. But while in college in a large city, I became a news junkie. I started to enjoy watching and reading about what was happening in Washington, D.C. I monitored campaigns, policy debates, and international conflicts. Following college graduation, I worked at a community newspaper reporting on local city governments. After one year, I was sold on politics.
I moved to Washington, D.C. for graduate school where my research focused on American politics, specifically political behavior. I taught at Georgetown University and the University of Mary Washington before joining the political science department at Hood College in fall 2009.
I have contributed to numerous edited volumes on U.S. elections. I am the co-author of Onward Christian Soldiers: The Religious Right in American Politics (2011) and have published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. I serve as the adviser to the Maryland Student Legislature and the Hood College Democrats.
I teach PSCI 203 Introduction to U.S. Politics, PSCI 324 U.S. Campaigns and Elections, and PSCI 205 Methods of Political Inquiry. I enjoy advising departmental honors projects and independent studies on projects related to political behavior, news media, elections, and U.S. government.
- Ph.D., Government, Georgetown University, 2008
- M.A., Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, 2003
- B.A., Communication, Bethel University, 2000