Statement of Research Interests:
I am primarily interested in American political behavior, voting behavior, and policy consequences. Some of my previous work has consisted of research on public engagement with municipal institutions, and LGBT representation on state-level anti-discrimination laws. Currently, Iâ€™m working on a project regarding the institutional causes of split-ticket voting.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy:
Education is a dyadic process. In any student-instructor relationship it is important to begin with a discussion about what the student wishes to accomplish, or what skills the student wants to learn. In order to accomplish this, the instructor must be able to gauge a studentâ€™s strengths and weaknesses, and a student must be willing to engage long-term with the stated goal(s). As an instructor, I attempt to foster this process by providing an environment in which students feel free to articulate any and all questions or concerns they have about the material. I believe such an environment provides for maximum benefit to the student.
Aside from being a full-time student, I also work as a graduate coach for the Center for Civic Leadership Houston Action Research Teams, serve as the social sciences representative on the Graduate Honor Council, and work with the Latin American Graduate Students Association. In my (rather limited) free time, I enjoy reading, running, swimming, and binge watching Netflix/Hulu.