I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University, and I became ABD in February of 2018. I successfully passed my comprehensive exams in October of 2016 in American Politics and Public Law. I successfully defended my dissertation prospectus in February 2018. I received my Bachelors in Political Science in May of 2013 with Research Honors within the Honors College at Georgia State University. I was admitted into the Direct Admit Ph.D. program in Political Science in 2013, and received my Masters of Arts in Political Science in 2015.
My primary field of study is Judicial Politics, and I am currently working on my dissertation on judicial workloads. I am specifically interested in studying how workloads effect opinion content, citations, and length. My dissertation looks at a selection of state supreme courts over a 10 year time span. I have diverse methodological training in quantitative, qualitative, survey, and experimental methods. My research includes with work with text analysis and readability software. I also have experience using LaTex, Stata, and SPSS for statistical analysis and document formatting.
As of Spring 2018, I am on a graduate student appointment with Georgia State University’s new pipeline Center for Advancement of Students and Alumni (CASA).
The Center for Advancement of Students and Alumni (CASA) aims to support undergraduate student and recent alumni progressions beyond the bachelor’s degree into professional programs for attaining J.D.’s, Ph.D’s, and M.D.’s. Some of my current work with CASA leverages my quantitative research and analytic skills to help advance student success and career achievement into these programs by developing an Early Identification System (EIS) to target students best suited for succeeding in these degree paths. The Center is currently working with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on a Humanities Inclusion Program that promotes students in the humanities towards advanced degree programs. I also work with the Center to plan professional development programming (i.e. workshops, expert panels) and blog on admissions, financial planning, and other relevant topics/skills to bolster student preparedness as they begin planning for their futures. I am currently co-teaching a bi-weekly GRE test preparation course for students called “GRE Game Nights”. I also provide individual consulting and mentoring to undergraduate students with an interest in these professional degrees.
In addition to my work with CASA, I have also been can instructor of record for a variety of course at Georgia State University. I have taught classes to sections of 25, 75, 120, 175, and 200 during my tenure as an instructor at Georgia State. As of Spring 2018, I have been the instructor of record for 6 different sections of this course. Additionally, I have been the instructor of record for two different Senior undergraduate Pre-Law courses on American Constitutional Law (POLS 4130) and Civil Liberties and Rights (POLS 4131).
My teaching portfolio also includes course materials for classes on Judicial Process (POLS 3145), Introduction to Law and Courts (POLS 3140), Introduction to Political Research (POLS 3800), and Introduction to Global Issues/Studies (POLS 2401). During my studies, I have also served as a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) consultant and a teaching assistant for courses in American Constitutional Law and a Senior capstone Seminar in Social Justice and Politics (POLS 4900). I am also currently working on completing my requirements for the Certificate for Excellence in Teaching & Learning from the Center for Excellence and Teaching and Learning at Georgia State.
When not working on my graduate studies or teaching, I like to travel, spend time with my family, and attend concerts, musicals, and plays. I am a Broadway musical addict with current season tickets to the Fox Theater in Atlanta. Like every political scientist with a love of Broadway, I am a die-hard fan of Hamilton. In my spare time at home, I like to cuddle with my two adorable cats, Boo and Bellatrix, bake, cook, and binge political shows on Netflix! If you can’t find me at home or in my office, I am likely out exploring the Atlanta restaurant scene as a dedicated foodie!