BS, Political Science from Indiana State University
My dissertation examines how personnel management of staff impacts legislatures. I explore this dynamic at both the congressional and state level within the United States through the lens of staff turnover.
I also have substantive interests in understanding how congressional staffers supplement congressional capacity to draft legislation and conduct oversight, the contours of political careers of members of Congress, and the impact of women in legislatures. My research has been supported by the Dirksen Congressional Center and the Center for Effective Lawmaking and is published or forthcoming in journals such as Congress & the Presidency, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, and Social Science Quarterly.
“Drinking the Tea: The Tea Party Movement and Legislative Agendas in the U.S. Senate.” Forthcoming at Congress & the Presidency (with Carly Schmitt and Chera LaForge).
“Joining the Great Majority: An Analysis of Senate Deaths, 1919-2015.” Forthcoming at Social Science Quarterly (with Theodore J. Masthay and L. Marvin Overby).
“Ambition, Gender, and Legislative Behavior in the U.S. House.” Forthcoming at the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy (with Carly Schmitt).
“Promotion, Protection, and Entrepreneurship: Stakeholder Participation and Policy Change in the 21st Century Cures Initiative.” Politics & Policy (with Nathan Myers and Katherine Runge).