I aim to provide students with opportunities to grapple firsthand with big questions in the study of government and politics. Students are active participants in my classroom, engaging directly with the material to develop their own rationed conclusions. I equip them with the tools of social scientific analysis – the ability to critically examine arguments, systematically evaluate evidence, and craft supported conclusions – enabling them to conduct their own research and seek their own answers.
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I was born and raised in rural Nebraska, earning my B.S. in Political Science from Baker University in 2005 and my Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in 2009. Following graduation, I served as a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University, joining the faculty at Florida Southern College in 2017. My teaching and research interests lie in the field of American politics where my primary focus is on state governments, public policy, elections, and parties. I have broad research interests and have published on the use of technology in the classroom and the development of Florida politics.
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Mississippi, 2009
M.A., Political Science, University of Mississippi, 2008
B.S., Political Science, Baker University, 2005