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  • The Pennsylvania State University
    Ph.D. Political Science, (Expected August 2017)
    Fields: American Politics and Methodology

  • 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

  • “Uninvited: Protest at the 2016 Party Conventions” with Lee Ann Banaszak.

  • “Measuring Variation in State Party Networks, 2004 to 2014”

  • “Parties, Protest, and Political Opportunity”

Editor Reviewed Blog Posts


  • “Exploring the Dynamics of Latent Variable Models” with Michael R. Kenwick and Christopher J. Fariss.

    • 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

  • “Parties, Protest, and Political Opportunity.” 2015 European Consortium of Political Research 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


  • Research Assistant, Professor Lee Ann Banaszak
    Protests at the 2016 Party Conventions
    May 2016-August 2015

  • Methods Preceptor
    PL SC 503 Multivariate Analysis for Political Research with Professor Chris Zorn
    January 2016-May 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

  • Teaching Assistant, PL SC 001 Intro to American Politics
    Professor Zach Baumann, Lead Instructor
    January 2014-May 2014

  • 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

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

  • Record Keeper, Coalition of Graduate Employees May 2016 – On going

  • Organizer, Social Movement Research Group August 2015 – On going

  • Liberal Arts Delegate, Graduate and Professional Student Association May 2016 – November 2016

  • President, Graduate Association of Political Science May 2014 – April 2015

Statistical Software Skills


Computer Skills

  • LaTeX, Python