Personal History

I am a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Philosophy at Weber State University. Our department is part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. I was recognized as the Endowed Professor for 2017-2020. My primary research interests are in American politics: the presidency, Congress, elections and youth and politics. I teach courses on all aspects of American politics, especially the national institutions. 

I am also the Democratic Engagement Coordinator in the Center for Community Engaged Learning. In this role, I advise the American Democracy Project and help coordinate efforts on campus to increase political engagement. Nationally, I serve on the ADP Steering Committee, I was the Steering Committee Chair 2015-2016, and am currently a Civic Fellow for the organization.

I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and also in Newspaper Journalism from Syracuse University in 1996. I received a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the University of Albany in 2004.