Seven (Maybe) Interesting Things About Me

Before going back to graduate school to study political science, I practiced labor and employment law. 

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I was active in theater in high school and was president of my high school thespian troupe.

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I successfully initiated a petition campaign at my high school in my senior year to increase passing time in the halls due to overcrowding.

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I have a stapler that I am certain is older than me but I refuse to give it up. 

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I once jumped off a cliff into the ocean. 

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I can quote Seinfeld episodes better than anyone you know.

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I was the class speaker at my law school commencement.

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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 about politics and policy and why? Given my legal background, it is unsurprising that I am especially interested especially in policies that have legal implications in 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. 

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