I received my PhD in political science from Michigan State University in 2013. My majors were American Politics and Public Policy. I also had a minor in Political Methodology. I am interested in public policy, Congress, the Supreme Court, and electoral politics. My dissertation dealt with state-to-state variation in primary and secondary education policy. At SPSU, I taught a full range of courses in US political institutions, political behavior, public policy, and research methods. At KSU, I will have the opportunity to focus on research design and Congress. In other iterations of my life, I was a machine operator and rotational mold coordinator making toys, an insurance agent, a newspaper circulation supervisor, and a political activist. I have master’s degrees from both Michigan State University and Kent State University. I am married with one daughter.