About

Hello! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE.  I am also chair of the political science department here. My first book, The Politics of Genetically Modified Organisms in the United States and Europe, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. I am involved in two major research projects right now. One project explores progressive political activism in the United States and Europe. The second project explores issues of diversity and pedagogy in higher education, particularly in political science classrooms.

At NWU, I teach a variety of courses related to comparative politics, with a focus on Europe and contentious politics, including Politics of Europe, Making Social Change, Democratization, Minority Politics, Global Revolution and Rebellion. I also play a role in developing the interdisciplinary core at NWU, creating interdisciplinary courses to enhance our core courses.

I received my PhD in Political Science at Rutgers in 2015.  While at Rutgers, I received an FLAS scholarship to study in Krakow, Poland, and a Baden-Württemberg Stipendium to study at the University of Konstanz in Konstanz, Germany. Before Rutgers, I got my BA and MA from Texas State University, and coached debate at Westlake High School before I moved to Washington, DC, where I worked at the Nixon Papers at the National Archives and then for the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress. 

Non-Academic Life

I am married to a great guy named Jim who dabbles in geography. We are both originally from Flushing, Queens. Together we are raising our two curious, creative, energetic kids, and caring for our elderly rescue pup, Lola. My family loves to spend time shopping at farmer’s markets, exploring libraries, and camping anytime we can.

Travel

As a family, our favorite thing to do is to travel and explore places we’ve never been – whether it’s a weekend road trip to a new state park, driving around all of the Great Lakes, or taking the kids backpacking through Europe.  

I am also an advocate for getting students to study abroad. I consult on international grants and fellowships, and work on collaborative international research projects with students international research trips, where I can connect them more fully to the field as they try to make sense of complicated global politics.