I am an assistant professor in the Government Department at Harvard University. I am primarily interested in the policy consequences of political activity. Falling under this relatively broad umbrella, my current research projects focus on three questions: 1) Why/how does Congress pay attention to black issues? 2) How do individuals' decisions to become active in politics impact policymaking? 3) Given that the vast majority of bills never become law, why do members of Congress introduce legislation? I teach courses about Congress, black representation, and agenda setting. Most of my time is spent developing a new book manuscript -- tentatively titled "From Trailblazers to Tokens" -- on the role that black members have played in advancing black policy agendas from Reconstruction to the present.
I received a BA in political science from Morehouse College in 2003 and a PhD in political science from the University of Rochester in 2008.