I am a first-generation scholar deeply committed to advancing equity and inclusion in academia and communicating with audiences from DC conference rooms to undergraduate lecture halls. My scholarship is informed by my prior training in journalism, my professional background in national security and terrorism analysis, and my lived experience as a queer, non-neurotypical woman.
I hold that academia works best when it functions as a community and that that community is best served when it supports all of its members. I work extensively on issues related to fair pay and treatment for graduate workers, both through the Teaching Assistants’ Association at UW–Madison and the Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession through the American Political Science Association. In the spring of 2019, I piloted UW Political Science’s first diversity recruitment initiative, aimed at making academic opportunities available to all students who might want them, not only those with the right networks and resources. Previously, I coordinated the 2017 meeting of the Society for Political Methodology, co-ran the International Relations and Experimental Politics Workshops at UW–Madison, and served for two years on the department’s Graduate Program Committee.
From the classroom to my R console, I center lived experiences and ethical considerations in my work. I believe that assumed neutrality is in fact choosing a side, that quantitative data are as subjective as qualitative data are often accused of being, and that all social science would benefit from transparent, honest communication about our limitations both as researchers and as humans.
Outside of my job, I like live music, lifting, and making everything you eat vegan.