American Politics & Gender Representation
Statement of Research Interests:
Broadly, I am interested in understanding why the gap in gender representation at almost every level of American politics has persisted, even as many of the previous institutional and societal barriers to women's participation in politics have been removed. Specifically I want to understand the factors that keep women from making the initial decision to run for office, especially at the local and state level. I am also interested in how multiple identities (race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.) interact with these factors.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy:
I believe that the most transformative skill students can develop during their educational experience is self-advocacy. I have a background in community organizing, and one of the key concepts in that work is the belief that every person, no matter their position in society, has the power to affect positive change in their own lives and communities. As a teacher, I use this concept of power to teach my students how to take ownership over their education and specifically in my work at the Center, how to find their individual voice as a writer.
In addition to my work at the CWOVC, I also serve as the Political Science department's representative to the Graduate Student Association and served as a GSA Orientation Coordinator in 2017. When I make it off campus, I spend time volunteering with the Houston Area Women's Center and Planned Parenthood. I also love practicing yoga, spending time outdoors, and enjoying all of the amazing food, music, and art Houston has to offer.