I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and I attended the University of Nebraska. In Lincoln, I doubled majored in political science and international studies, with minors in English and Spanish. After college, I went on to earn my J.D. at The George Washington University Law School. Among many other things, law school taught me that I wasn’t all that excited about being a lawyer at the time (though one never knows what the future will hold). So, after law school, I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer from 2011-2013 in the Civic Engagement Office at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. There, I worked to coordinate campus-wide civic engagement, direct service, and service learning programs. I also developed pre-professional and career exploration programs related to the non-profit sector.
My time at Cornell College motivated me to pursue a career in higher education, and I decided to get my PhD in political science. I am finishing up my dissertation at the University of Illinois in Summer 2018. I love learning, thinking about research puzzles, and working with students, so being at Illinois was a perfect fit.
In 2018-2019, I will serve as an APSA Congressional Fellow. I am thrilled to return to DC and get an on-the-ground look at what I’ve been studying.
Outside of work, I keep myself busy with outdoors activities (running, cycling, camping, hiking), music (I play guitar and viola), cooking, traveling, podcasts, and the like.