About

I am a PhD candidate in Harvard's joint Social Policy and Government Ph.D. program, beginning my fourth year this fall. My research focuses broadly on religion and politics in the contemporary US. Specifically, I am interested in the religious beliefs and behaviors of both religious elites and the regular believers. My dissertation explores when and how political concerns drive religious behaviors and beliefs among elites and ordinary religious individuals. Additionally, I am interested in how the structural differences between American denominations foster or inhibit political and ideological sorting among religious individuals and clergy. I am also broadly interested in the politics of education reform in the United States, with a specific focus on the political and social dynamics of school choice policies.

I have taught courses on education policy (with Professor Paul Peterson) and research design (with Professor Ryan Enos) at the undergraduate level. I received my B.A.(s) in Political Science and Spanish from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) in 2015.