2006 - Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, Government and Politics
1999 - B.A., Providence College, Political Science
I teach courses including American government, women and politics, congressional politics, social justice, and campaigns and elections. I serve as the Politics Department internship coordinator, and the director for the minors in Public Policy and Campaign Management.
Each summer, I am a coordinator for NEW Leadership New England, a five-day summer training program for undergraduate women designed to educate, engage and empower young women for a future in public service.
A native New Englander, I am originally from Massachusetts. I received a B.A. in Political Science from Providence College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland - College Park. I worked and interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and in the Massachusetts State House, and as a research assistant for National Journal.
My main research interest is in women and politics, with some of my work on women candidates appearing in American Politics Research and Politics & Policy. I have also published work on the historic female candidacies in the 2008 election, and am currently working on an analysis of public policy related to breastfeeding.