I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan. My primary research interests include race, gender, public opinion, and political behavior in the American context. My methodological expertise is primarily in designing, conducting, and analyzing surveys and experiments. I received my B.A. with Highest Honors and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
My dissertation, The Politics of Skin Color, argues that skin color is an important but rarely acknowledged force in American politics. Building from observational data and in-depth qualitative interviews, I argue that skin color is a social identity for African Americans related to their political preferences. My dissertation is supported by the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.