I am an Administrative Assistant Professor of Women’s Political Leadership at Newcomb Institute at Tulane University. My research interests focus on the intersection between identity and representation.
I am particularly interested in how individuals negotiate their multiple identities in political contexts, especially within legislatures. My book, Women Take Their Place in State Legislatures: The Creation of Women’s Caucuses (Temple University Press, 2018), investigates the role gender and political party play in women’s ability to act collectively on behalf of themselves and their constituents. This work has led to subsequent projects on the impact of women’s caucuses including a developing book manuscript on the role women’s caucuses play in the policymaking process.
Not surprisingly, my work with women legislators has led to an interest in the public policy produced for and by women. I have recently undertaken projects concerned with equal pay legislation as well as sexual education policy. My long-term research agenda reflects a commitment to understanding how gender shapes elite political behavior and how women intervene to shape gendered political institutions.
I obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. I also hold an M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Alabama and a B.A. in Mass Communications from Loyola University-New Orleans.