I am currently a fifth year in the Social Policy and Government PhD program at Harvard University.  I study American politics, particularly at the state and local level, social policy, political recruitment, and the impact of government interactions on civic engagement.  My dissertation research explores when and how state-levels public officials recognize and respond to failed social policies.  In addition to research, I value and enjoy teaching, as I taught high school prior to attending graduate school.

On this site, you will find an overview of my research interests, advising work, and a link to my current C.V. and current work.