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I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.  


My research addresses how political institutions shape prospects for the inclusion and incorporation of women and minority officials, both in the United States and cross-nationally. Current research focuses on how the procedures used for selecting justices shape which types of judges are selected to the bench. I teach courses on research design, judicial politics, constitutional law, and political institutions. 


I received my PhD from the Department of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2018, my Master of International Policy degree from the University of Georgia in 2012, and my Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009/2010.

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