I am deeply committed to advancing equity and social justice 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, mentally ill cis 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. At Nottingham, I’ve organized events on pedagogy and disability and put together a series of support sessions for PhD students alongside my colleague Kevin Fahey. In the discipline at large, I speak regularly on pedagogy and queer issues. I sit on ISA–Northeast’s Governing Council and will co-direct ISA’s Junior Scholar Symposium beginning in 2024. Previously, I directed communications for the Teaching Assistants’ Association at UW–Madison and sat on the Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession through the American Political Science Association. I am a proud member of the University and College Union (UCU).
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.
I live in the Midwest of England and grew up in the Midwest of the US. I’ve also lived in Berlin and Washington, DC. Outside of my job I like live music, lifting, and making everything you eat vegan.