Professional and Biographical Information

Degrees

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2021
M.A., University of Michigan, 2016
B.A., Jackson State University, 2014

Research Interests

I study American politics with focuses on political psychology, geography, race and ethnic politics, and American political development. My research agenda includes projects measuring sub-national identities in the U.S and examining their role in shaping national and local politics. My current book project includes a novel cross-racial measurement of Southern identity, investigating its relationship with various political attitudes.

Teaching Interests

I enjoy teaching many facets of American politics, but I specialize in teaching courses related to political behavior, survey measurement, and race and ethnic politics.  My courses include general surveys of the field of political psychology.  I also teach a seminar focusing on race and ethnic politics.

Awards and Honors

  • National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant (2020)
  • Garth Taylor Fellowship, University of Michigan (2020)
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Honorable Mention (2020)
  • Student Leadership Award, National Conference of Black Political Scientists (2020)
  • Gerald Ford Fellowship, University of Michigan (2019 - 2021)
  • Scholar Activist Award, Rackham Graduate School (2019)
  • Rackham Doctoral Candidate Research Grant, University of Michigan (2018)
  • Rackham Summer Research Fellowship, University of Michigan, Summer (2017)
  • Hanes Walton Jr. Graduate Endowment Research Grant, Center for Political Studies (2016)
  • Rackham Pre-candidate Research Grant, University of Michigan (2016)
  • National Conference of Black Political Scientists Graduate Assistantship Grant (2015-2019)
  • Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan (2014-2019)
  • Educate for Excellence Outstanding Senior Award, Jackson State University (2014)
  • Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Award, Jackson State University (2013)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Society, Jackson State University Chapter (2013)