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  • The Pennsylvania State University
    Ph.D. Political Science, (Expected May 2018)
    Fields: American Politics and Methodology
    Dissertation: Party Coalitions, Party Ideology, and Party Action: Extended Party Networks in the United States
    Committee: Lee Ann Banaszak (chair), Michael Berkman, Bruce Desmarais, John McCarthy (Penn State sociology), and Michael Nelson
  • The Pennsylvania State University
    M.A. Political Science, 2015
    Fields: American Politics and Methodology
  • Case Western Reserve University
    B.A. Political Science and Mathematics (minor in Economics), 2010

Working Papers

Works in Progress

  • “Parties, Protest, and Political Opportunity”

Editor Reviewed Blog Posts

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor
    PL SC 426: Political Parties and Interest Groups
    May 2017
  • Methods Preceptor
    PL SC 503: Multivariate Analysis for Political Research with Professor Chris Zorn
    January 2016-May 2016
  • Teaching Assistant
    PL SC 001: Intro to American Politics
    Professor Zach Baumann, Lead Instructor
    January 2014-May 2014

Research Experience

  • Graduate Assistant, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Paul Taylor
    Survey of undergraduate student interests and experiences
    July 2017 –
  • Quantitative Social Science Institute (QuaSSI) Predoctoral Fellow
    Advances in latent measurement models
    August 2016 – May 2017
  • Research Assistant, Professor Lee Ann Banaszak
    Protests at the 2016 Party Conventions
    May 2016-August 2016
  • Research Assistant, Professor Lee Ann Banaszak
    Protests at the 2016 Party Conventions
    August 2015-December 2015
  • Research Assistant, Professor John McCarthy
    Accounting for the Emergence, Persistence, and Media Coverage of Tea Party Mobilization, 2009-2014
    May 2015-July 2015
  • Research Assistant, Professor Lee Ann Banaszak
    Movements-Countermovements Project
    August 2013-December 2013
  • Research Assistant, Professor David Myers
    The Role of Charisma in Latin American Leadership Project
    August 2013-December 2013


  • “Shifting Coalitions: The Effect of Extended Party Networks on State Legislature Ideology” 2017 American Political Science Association
  • “Outside the Convention: Partisan Activism and Protester Motivations at the 2016 RNC and DNC” with Lee Ann Banaszak
    • 2017 American Sociological Association
    • 2017 American Political Science Association
  • “The Strategies of Protest: Action, Message, and Community” with Lee Ann Banaszak. Case Western Reserve University, March 29, 2017.
  • “Exploring the Dynamics of Latent Variable Models” with Michael R. Kenwick and Christopher J. Fariss.
    • QuaSSI Colloquium Series, March 2, 2017
    • Varieties of Democracy Modeling Week, University of Gothenburg, October 11-14, 2016.
    • 2016 American Political Science Association
  • “The Tea Party Movement’s Short Romance with Annual Protest Demonstrations” with John McCarthy, Patrick Rafail and Hyun Woo Kim. 2016 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
  • “Measuring Variation in State Party Networks, 2004 to 2014.” 2016 State Politics and Policy Conference
  • “Does Childhood Experience with War Deaths Affect One’s Attitude toward the Use of Force?” with Ted Chen and Chuyu Liu.
    • 2016 Peace Science Society Conference
    • 2016 International Studies Association Conference
  • “Party Fractionalization and Protest Inside and Outside the Convention” with Lee Ann Banaszak and Karen Beckwith. 2016 Center for American Political Responsiveness at Pennsylvania State University
  • “Parties, Protest, and Political Opportunity.” 2015 European Consortium of Political Research Conference

Research Interests

  • Substantive: Social movements, protest, American political parties, and collective action.
  • Methodology: Measurement models and time series.

Awards & Fellowships

  • Quantitative Social Science Institute (QuaSSI) Predoctoral Fellow, 2016-2017
  • University Graduate Fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University, 2013-2018
  • $2,500/yr Alice Seagraves Award, Case Western Reserve University, 2005

Additional Training

  • The London School of Economics
    General Course, 2008-2009 Department: Government
  • Marquette University
    Les Aspin Center, July-August 2009


  • Graduate Representative, Pennsylvania State University Faculty Senate November 2016 – On going
  • Organizer, Social Movement Research Group August 2015 – On going
  • Record Keeper, Coalition of Graduate Employees May 2016 – May 2017
  • Liberal Arts Delegate, Graduate and Professional Student Association May 2016 – November 2016
  • President, Graduate Association of Political Science May 2014 – April 2015
  • Reviewer: American Journal of Political Science

Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association
    • Political Organizations and Parties Section
    • State Politics and Policy Section
    • Class and Inequality Section
  • American Sociological Association

Programming Experience

  • Statistics: R, STATA, STAN
  • Programming: Python, C++, Javascript
  • Other: LaTeX