Statement of Research Interests:
I am generally interested in exploring the phenomena that cause individuals to behave the way they do politically. My specific areas of inquiry include public policy, sub-national politics, and political behavior. I am currently involved in several projects, including examining local voter information networks and decision making, emergency management institutional design & public service provision, and elite political credit claiming behavior on social media.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy:
When lecturing or facilitating a class discussion, my role as an instructor is primarily to foster each studentâ€™s learning process. As a result, the ability to effectively communicate the material in an engaging and captivating style is critical. To accomplish this, a teacher must be able to present abstract concepts and unfamiliar material in an accessible manner to a class of students with diverse interests and backgrounds. In addition, an effective instructor must be able to use their passion and interest about the subject to teach in a way that motivates students to take an active role in class discussions and activities.
In my limited spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, watching football or baseball, and reading.