Welcome! I am a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. My research draws on interdisciplinary perspectives and methods to advance our understanding of inequality in the United States and its intersections with the politics of sexuality, gender, race, and class. I study how interactions between social movements and political party institutions co-constitute and mobilize political constituencies and the ways in which institutionalized inequalities affect the political experiences of the members of marginalized groups. My work is motivated by a broad interest in explaining how power and marginalization shape politics and has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, Politics, Groups, & Identities, and Sage Open.
My current book project, “Coming out to vote: The political construction of sexuality and gender identity,” examines how the two-party system in the United States co-constituted a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) political constituency. Using interest group archival records, newspapers, political party platforms, campaign materials, and original survey data, I demonstrate how representation dynamics constructed sexuality and gender identity as categories of identification, tracing their constituting effects to processes of group formation and political behavior in the party system. The project shows how group identities, interests, and behavior are constructed, endogenous outcomes shaped by power rather than exogenous, pre-political inputs in the party system.
Before joining the University of Minnesota, I earned my Ph.D. and M.A. in Politics from Princeton University, where I also completed a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Before attending Princeton, I worked at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. I received an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from The Ohio State University.
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