I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas. My research focuses on interest groups, power and the politics of education.
I was a lecturer at Harvard University from 2017 to 2020, where I taught courses on public policy, the politics of education, and the politics of the nonprofit sector. I received my Ph.D. in 2017. My dissertation, titled "Group Power and Policy Change in Education" uses the case of education reform to examine how controversial policy changes occur when opposed by powerful groups with a stake in the status quo. Across four papers, it uses several novel datasets and qualitative interview data collected during a year of fieldwork to examine how foundations, education reform groups and teachers' unions influence education reform policy passage across the American states. I was awarded the Senator Charles Sumner Dissertation Prize in 2018 for the project.
I am originally from New Rochelle, NY. I switched coasts to attend Stanford University, where I studied international relations with a minor in Latin American studies, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and with honors in 2007. After graduation, I joined Teach for America and worked for three years in Washington Heights, NY, where I taught middle school bilingual language arts and social studies.
I split my time between research and working with students as a teacher and advisor. While not working, I enjoy running, comedy, reading the news, and walking my little pup, Izzy.