BS, Social Sciences Education and Political Science from Southwest Baptist University
President Harry S. Truman is quoted as saying “The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.” He looked to American history to better understand the world around him and to guide his actions. This sentiment drives my own research interests in American political development, specifically political party development, elections and institutions.
My dissertation explores the development of nomination procedures of the Federalists and Democratic-Republicans in the first party era, 1789-1824. Understanding how these procedures developed and functioned can enlighten our perception of political parties and the nature of American democracy.