I have been studying politics my whole life.
When I was in elementary school, our mock election for the 1988 presidential elections grabbed my attention. I was one of two students in the entire grade to vote for Dukakis. That wasn't the interesting part. The interesting part was that the student teacher told me I should change my vote to be more like my peers. But I am stubborn and this seemed unethical to me on his part. And with that my study of the political behavior of Americans began.
My research now is a bit more systematic. I focus on the intersection of political behavior and public policy. My guiding question remains somewhat similar: what gets people to change their minds politics, policy, and the law and why? Given my legal background, it is unsurprising that I am especially interested especially in policies that have legal implications in the courtroom, the workplace, in the accommodation of disabilities, and beyond. I am also very engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning in political science and civic education. I see these two endeavors as linked and complimentary in many ways.
Prior to beginning my Ph.D. studies, I earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy and practiced law in Michigan. I also earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science and French from Eastern Michigan University. I am currently teaching at the University of Michigan-Flint, where I also serve as the Director of the Master of Public Administration Program as well as the faculty advisor to our Pi Sigma Alpha chapter.