Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I study political theory, which I teach along with U.S. government and race and politics.
My dissertation 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, and utopian thinking. I have experience teaching small and moderately sized classes, both in-person and online, including an original service-learning class. 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.