• PhD, Political Science, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (2016)
    • Fields: American Politics and Policy; Justice Politics and Policy
    • Dissertation: The Legal, Institutional, and Political Factors of Congressional Court-Curbing: The Purpose and Seriousness of Attempts to Constrain the United States Supreme Court
      • Chair: Dr. Christopher P. Banks
      • Committee Members: Dr. Michael J. Ensley, Dr. Daniel P. Hawes, and Dr. Elizabeth Smith-Pryor (Outside Member, Department of History, Kent State University)
  • M.A., Political Science, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (2013)
  • B.A., Political Science, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa (2009)

Additional Training

  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Advanced Legislative Process Institute for APSA Fellows (November 2015)
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Overview of the Federal Budget Process (November 2015)

Academic Appointments

  • South Dakota State University
    • Assistant Professor of Political Science (August 2016-present)
  • Kent State University
    • Teaching Fellow (August 2014-May 2015)
    • Teaching Assistant (January 2012-May 2014)
    • Research Assistant (January 2011-May 2014)


  • American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship Program (2015-2016)
    • Legislative Assistant for Representative Daniel Lipinski (D-IL-3)
      • Policy Areas: Education, Agriculture, Government Operations, Campaign Finance Reform, Voting Rights, and Native Americans
      • Science, Space, and Technology Committee
      • STEM Education Caucus


  • South Dakota State University
    • LeadState (Fall 2018-present)
    • Legal Studies Minor (Spring 2017-present)
    • Pre-Law Society (Spring 2017-present)
    • Honors College Independent Study Mentor (Fall 2017-Spring 2018)
      • Viraj Patel “Individualism in the U.S. Senate: A Case Study of John McCain,” Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Day (URSCAD) (April 3, 2018; Brookings, South Dakota). [Poster Presentation]
        • Fishback Honors College Poster Award
  • Kent State University
    • Mentor for the Columbus Program in Intergovernmental Issues (Fall 2015)
      • Anthony Ours, Representative Michael Stinziano (District 18-Columbus)

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • American Political Science Association (2012-present)
    • Law and Courts
    • Legislative Studies
    • Women and Politics Research
  • Midwest Political Science Association (2012-present)
  • Southern Political Science Association (2017-present)
  • Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists (2012-2016)

Public Appearances

  • Introduction of Senator Larry Pressler for the Harding Distinguished Lecture Series (September 19, 2017)

Invited Presentations

  • Professional Organizations
    • “Checks and Balances or Tug of War?: The Separation of Powers During the Obama and Trump Administrations” Address for the Iowa State Association of County Auditors (ISACA) Annual Summer Conference (July 13, 2017).
    • “A Week in the Life of a Staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives: An Inside Look at Committee Politics, Lobbying, and Policymaking” Keynote Address for the Iowa State Association of County Auditors (ISACA) Annual Summer Conference (July 12, 2017).
  • South Dakota State University
    • Pre-Law Society
      • “Crash Course on Cover Letters, Resumes, and Personal Statements” (April 18, 2018)
      • “LSAT Overview and Logic Games” (with Greg Peterson) (February 7, 2018)
      • “Applying to Law School” (November 29, 2017)
    • Women’s and Gender Studies Speaker Series
      • “No Longer a Man’s World: Women Executives Across the Globe” (with Evren Celik Wiltse) (March 15, 2018)
      • “The Gendered Dynamics of Congressional Policymaking: Committees, Legislative Effectiveness, and STEM Education” (March 21, 2017)

Invited Panel Discussion Participation

  • American Political Science Association
    • “Alumni Panel Discussion” Beyond the Fellowship Year: Leveraging the CFP Experience for Next Steps in Your Career” (August 10, 2018) [Forthcoming]
  • South Dakota State University
    • “New Faculty Q&A” (with Cynde Perry and Greg Heiberger) Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning’s Faculty Focus Program (April 13, 2018)

Professional Service

  • Manuscript Reviewer
    • Academic Journals
      • American Politics Research
      • Law & Society Review
      • Publius: The Journal of Federalism
    • Undergraduate Journals
      • Aletheia–The Alpha Chi Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Textbook Reviewer
    • Pearson
    • SAGE Publishing

University Service

  • South Dakota State University
    • International Conference on Global Human Rights Planning Committee (Spring 2018-present)
    • Ethics Lab Advisory Committee (Spring 2018-present)
    • College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Council (Fall 2017-present)
    • Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Committee (Fall 2016-present)

Departmental Service

  • South Dakota State University
    • Political Science Assistant Professor Search Committee (Fall 2018)
      • Diversity Advocate
    • Marketing, Newsletter, & Website Committee (Fall 2017-present)
    • History, Political Science, & Philosophy Adjunct Search Committee (Spring 2018)
      • Diversity Advocate
    • J.P. Hendrickson Scholarship Selection Committee (September 2016)
  • Kent State University
    • Graduate Student Representative on the Student Academic Complaint Committee (June 2015)
    • Graduate Student Representative at Faculty Meetings (August 2014-May 2015)
    • Graduate Student Representative on the Faculty Advisory Committee (August 2014-May 2015)
    • Political Science Graduate Student Association
      • President (August 2013-May 2014)
      • Vice President (August 2012-May 2013)
      • Treasurer (August 2011-May 2012)

Community Service

  • Brookings, South Dakota
    • Beyond Connections Planning Committee (September 2017-present)
    • Connect 2140 Planning Committee (July 2017-present)
      • Special Events Subcommittee (July 2017-May 2018)
    • Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Business Resource Committee Membership Focus Group (May 2018)

Professional Development Workshop Participation

  • South Dakota State University
    • Assessment
      • Student Engagement: Results from the NSSE and FSSE Surveys (November 2, 2016)
      • IDEA Faculty Training (October 13, 2016)
      • Course Assessment Design (October 4, 2016)
      • Assessment 101 (September 14, 2016)
    • Research
      • Inquiry-Based, Cross Disciplinary Research (October 5, 2016)
    • Teaching
      • Diving Deeper into Discussions: Best Practices for Effective Classroom Discussion (March 14, 2017)
      • Diving Deeper into Discussions: Visual Thinking Strategies (February 15, 2017)
      • The Science Behind Mindfulness as an Intervention in the Classroom (October 26, 2016)
      • Online Tutoring (October 4, 2016)
    • Advising
      • Student Organization Summit (S.O.S.) (September 8, 2017)

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