Assistant Professor, Political Science Department
Phone: (920) 424-7162
Office: Sage Hall 4621
While my graduate studies took me across the upper Midwest, I’ve spent most of my life in Wisconsin. I grew up in Madison, and although my immediate family has moved out of state, I still enjoy getting back to that city when I can. Despite having lived in the Fox Valley for a few years, I’m still very much learning what the area has to offer. I’m grateful for an equally adventurous group of friends in the area to explore attractions both within and beyond Oshkosh.
After three or four revisions, I finally settled on a political science and philosophy double major early in my time at the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse. Attending a smaller four year institution gave me a number of opportunities which would have been more difficult, or simply not possible at a larger institution. I spent a semester abroad, studying at the University of Wales at Swansea. On returning, I became active in local politics, eventually receiving a campaign position with Congressman Ron Kind during the 2000 election. I received a Masters from Loyola University Chicago, and moved on to the University of Iowa for my Ph.D. My dissertation was a survey experiment looking at attitudes toward same-sex marriage and civil unions. I was aided in this project by two very supportive mentors: David Redlawsk and Michael S. Lewis-Beck. I completed my dissertation in June 2009 and joined the faculty at UW Oshkosh in August of that year.