Assistant Professor, Political Science Department
Phone: (920) 424-0727
Office: Sage Hall 4634
I am a recent transplant to Wisconsin. I grew up in the Carolinas and moved to Oshkosh most recently from Chicago. I am an avid movie-watcher, mostly independent and foreign films, but I’ll watch most any movie. I also enjoy travel. I especially like beaches. Some of favorite beaches are in Costa Rica, southern France, Bermuda, Hawaii, Florida’s Gulf Coast, and, of course, South Carolina. Since there are no beaches in Oshkosh, save the one at Menominee Park, I am eager to explore winter recreation: snowboarding, skiing, ice skating, ice boating, or perhaps ice fishing.
I received a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Kentucky. I have a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of South Carolina. I earned a B.A. in history from Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina. I attended public schools in South Carolina for my primary and secondary educations. I am a first-generation college student, so I am particularly proud that I not only completed an undergraduate degree, but also completed several advanced degrees. I taught political science and public administration courses at Eastern Kentucky University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. I had such a positive experience teaching that I decided to pursue a Ph.D. In particular, I taught a course in administrative law, which spurred my interest in judicial politics. While writing my dissertation, I realized there were still many gaps in my knowledge of administrative law, so I decided to go on to law school. Completing the dissertation while I was in law school was one of the most challenging things I faced. However, the ability to examine issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (law, political science, public administration, history) has opened a number of doors.