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. Starting in fall 2023, I will be an Assistant Professor of Politics at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I study memory, race, and historical violence using tools and frameworks from both political theory and empirical political science.
My research focuses on the politics of race, whiteness, and memory using both political theory and empirical methodologies. My current book project is about the diverse ways enslaved people in the United States escaped slavery and how these different modes of fugitivity can speak to both fugitive theorizing in Black political thought and contemporary politics of resistance. My dissertation research drew on three case studies – representations of genocide in Rwanda, of chattel slavery in the United States, and of colonial violence in Australia – to explore how political societies choose to represent histories of violence in their physical landscape through monuments, memorials, and other representations. Through survey research, I also explore race and politics, racial attitudes, whiteness, and Confederate monuments in the United States.
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 in-person and online, building new service-learning classes, and team-teaching. I also publish 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.
- My public writing on Memorial Day in the Washington Post’s political science research blog, The Monkey Cage
- A profile of my community-based learning class, Race and the Right to Vote in the United States