Welcome! I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. Starting this fall, I'll be an Assistant Professor at the Truman School of Public Affairs and the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri. I received my Ph.D. from Louisiana State University (2014). Last year, I completed an appointment as the 2016-17 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate in Religion and Public Life in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. I study American democracy at the intersection of race and citizenship, with articles in the American Journal of Political Science (2016) and the Journal of Church and State (2015).
My research focuses on sources of action. At present, my research examines Martin Luther King, Jr.’s political theology and how King's participation in the prophetic tradition shapes his politics. In addition, I am developing a study of C.S. Lewis's theory of poetic imagination and its significance for politics, based on research for my dissertation, “Accountable Actors: Politics and Poetic Imagination in Huxley, Lewis, and Orwell.”