I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Service at DePaul University. My research focuses on the social and educational roots of political engagement, with a specific focus on how childhood inequality structures democratic life. My other interests include experimental methods, program evaluation, voter turnout, and the politics of inequality.
My work appears in Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Policy Studies Journal, Social Science Quarterly, and other academic journals and has been supported by the National Science Foundation Time Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS) program and the Department of Education Institute for Education Sciences (IES). I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisonsin-Madison (2012).
Summaries of my recent research:
“Improving Verbal Learning in Schools Can Increase Political Engagement and Encourage Voting Later in Life.” United States Policy and Politics Blog. London School of Economics.
"Excluding Latino Immigrant Families from the Social Safety Net Hurts Their Children’s Educational Outcomes.” United States Policy and Politics Blog. London School of Economics.
“20 Years on, Here’s How Welfare Reform Held Back Immigrants’ Children – In Some States.” Washington Post, The Monkey Cage.