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.
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, historical contingency, and solidarity. I also research emotional reactions to political figures and the political impact of Confederate monuments from a political psychology perspective.
In the classroom, I am passionate about using active learning techniques and close textual analysis to encourage critical citizenship and the application of political theory to the “real world.” I use simulations, small group discussions, and other activities to put learning in students’ hands. As a sole instructor, I have taught classes on political theory, modern political thought, U.S. government, and utopian thinking. I have experience teaching small and moderately sized classes, both in-person and online. 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.