Country: United States (Illinois)
I earned my bachelor of arts in political science from Furman University in Greenville, SC in 2008. I then earned my master of arts in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 and my doctorate from the same institution in 2013. After three years as an assistant professor of political science at Norwich University in Northfield, VT, I am now an assistant professor of political science at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. My scholarly interests center around personality and legislative behavior. In particular, I study whether and how personality (as conceptualized and operationalized using the Big Five framework) impacts the attitudes and behaviors of state legislators. This work not only serves to extend the study of personality into a new arena but also has implications for legislative professionalism and term limits.In addition, I have an interest in ballot design and its effects on turnout.
State and Local Politics
Elections, Election Administration, and Voting Behavior
Institutions And Legislatures