I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. I received my doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. I specialize in American Politics and Political Methodology. I’m interested in all forms of political behavior. However, my research interests are elections, campaign finance, voting, political communication, social media, and teaching. This website is my homebase. Here, you will find information about my research, teaching, and service.
I grew up in Los Angeles, CA and have lived in Southern California for most of my life. I received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 2005, and a M.A. in Political Science from UCSB in 2008. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley.
I attempt to do fun things in my free time. I like to travel, I like the outdoors, and I like to eat. The picture to the right is on the Kalalau Trail, a 22-mile, round-trip journey to one of the most secluded beaches in the world. I may have sprained my ankle hiking along these cliffs. I ran the Santa Barbara International Marathon in November 2010 without significant training.
I am a recipient of the 2011-2012 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the 2010 Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Political Science Associations Technology & Politics section, and the 2009 UCSB Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. In 2013, I was named Professor of the Year by the political science department at Cal Poly Pomona.
In 2012, I completed my PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My dissertation uses original survey research and oral interviews to determine how voting and other political behaviors are affected by the context in which a person lives. This work is part of my continuing interest in campaign finance and political donations.
To find out more about my work, teaching and researching, click through the links above.