Welcome! I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Gettysburg College, where I teach U.S. government, race and politics, political theory, and research methods.
I received my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2021. I study memory, race, and historical violence using tools and frameworks from both political theory and empirical political science.
My dissertation and current book project focuses on the politics of commemoration and the normative issues surrounding memorials, monuments, and the political aesthetic of our physical environment. By analyzing memorials in Rwanda, the U.S., and Australia, it explores how a political aesthetic might work to counter future mass violence by depicting themes of bodily vulnerability, fugitivity, and solidarity. I also work on empirical research projects about emotional reactions to political figures, conceptions of whiteness, and the political impacts of Confederate monuments.
In the classroom, I am committed to using active learning techniques and close textual analysis to encourage critical citizenship and the application of political theory to the “real world.” I utilize simulations, small group discussions, and other activities to put learning in students’ hands. I have taught classes on feminist political theory, modern political thought, race and the right to vote in the U.S., U.S. government, utopian thinking, the politics of memorials, and research methods. I have experience teaching small and moderately sized classes, teaching in-person and online, building new service-learning classes, and team-teaching. I also conduct research on teaching and learning, specifically the effectiveness of simulations in the political science classroom.
I’m originally from Southwestern Virginia and my B.A. is from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT). More information about my research and teaching is available in the links above.
Check out my recent piece on Memorial Day in the Washington Post’s political science research blog, The Monkey Cage.