My research focuses questions of political representation, inequalities experienced by identity groups, social constructions and the diffusion of policy in the U.S. states. I bridge political behavior and institutions to explain public policy in the fifty states. As a scholar whose work incorporates multiple subfields within American politics, I take a multidisciplinary and intersectionalist approach to understanding policy.
I study the political representation of women in state legislatures, including work on ideological polarization among women partisans, the underrepresentation of Republican and non-white women, and how women legislate on women’s issues. My work also extends to studying the inequalities experienced by certain groups as a result of public policy, including work on state abortion laws, contraception deserts, same-sex marriage, racial resentment, and the social constructions of politically relevant groups. Finally, I am interested in the variation of state policy, including both methodological and substantive research on policy diffusion. My work has been published in journals such as PS: Political Science and Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly, as well as in edited book volumes.
I obtained a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Iowa. I also hold a B.A. in Political Science and Chinese from Macalester College. I joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as an Assistant Professor of Public Policy in July 2015.
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