I am a political science Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Merced. Before advancing to candidacy, I served as the lab manager for the political science department's experimental lab for two years. Before UCM, I received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While at UNL, I was a research assistant in the Political Attitudes and Cognition Lab and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab.

I am currently teaching Voting Behavior, Campaigns, and Elections (POLI 120) during the summer of 2020. This course is structured as a project-building course that allows students to learn the fundamentals of the topic while applying the concepts to the 2020 Presidential Election.

Over the summer of 2019 I taught Political Psychology (POLI 123), a class structured to understand how psychology is used to answer political questions, how people process political information and navigate their political worlds, the role of biology in political cognition and behavior, and how to consume experimental social science research.


In the Spring of 2019 I taught The Presidency (POLI 101), which was structured as a class to understand how the Office of the Presidency operates (institutional focus) and how we select people into the Office of the Presidency (behavioral focus).

A description of my dissertation can be found under the projects tab. You can also follow this link to view my CV.


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