I am Assistant Professor of Political Science at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL. During the 2014-2015 academic year, I served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Washington, D.C. I spent the year working on energy and environmental policy in the office of U.S. Senator Jack Reed (RI). In 2013, I graduated from the Ph.D. program in political science at the University of Florida. From 2012 to 2013, I served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, FL.
My areas of specialization are American institutions,
behavior, and research methods, with an emphasis on the U.S. Congress,
political parties, and party polarization. In 2011, I served as
co-chair (with Joshua
Huder) of the Graduate Student Research and Career
Development section of the 2011 Southern Political Science Association.
I currently serve as a member of the Membership Development Committee
of the SPSA (2014).
The primary focus of my research is the U.S.
Congress. My dissertation, Polarization
Reconsidered: The Influence of
Institutional Structure on Legislative Networks, explores
and rules of the U.S. House and Senate influence the behavior of their
across time. In addition, I am involved in an on-going
Stephen Craig on the ways political candidates respond when
attacked during a campaign. More information on my research activities
is available here.