I am a PhD Candidate at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. My work investigates the politics of the policy making process and whether and when regular people have access to important policy debates.

I am particularly interested in the interaction between elite actors who run media and philanthropic enterprises and everyday citizens interested in policy change and the conditions necessary to build powerful coalitions between them.

My dissertation research demonstrates that, when properly nurtured, these bonds can blaze paths to bipartisan policy agreements even in exceptionally polarized legislative arenas.

My first several projects focus on state policy at the intersection of gun regulation and domestic violence.

I am advised by an exceptional team: Kristin Goss (Chair), Phil Cook, Deondra Rose, and Beth Moracco.