I am a Social Scientist and Assistant Professor in the African American Studies Department at Emory University. Prior to arriving at Emory I completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. I received my PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles with an emphasis on American Politics and Race-Ethnicity Politics. Though originally from the South Side of Chicago, IL, my studies led me to Granville, OH. where I graduated from Denison University as a triple major in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics. After undergrad I earned a Masters of Science in Health Systems Management and went on to complete an administrative fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. At the conclusion of my fellowship I returned to my true passion, politics.
My research interests include public opinion, political economy, and political geography. My current work examines how place shapes perceptions of American racial progress. My research agenda centers on understanding how race complicates American political and economic development across multiple levels of geographic segmentation. I am interested in discovering innovative ways to bring politics to life for my students and my community. If you would like to learn more about me and my work please feel free to look around or contact me directly.
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