Welcome! I teach at the University of Missouri as Assistant Professor in the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy and in the Truman School of Public Affairs. My research examines sources for ethical action. I work in the context of American democracy at the intersection of race and citizenship.
My strengths are in communication; training persons in ethical decision-making; research; translating big ideas in political thought for broad audiences; facilitating conversations on justice, democracy, and race.
My Ph.D. in political science is from Louisiana State University. I've published in the American Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Church and State. Before making my way to Missouri, I was an Instructor of Political Science at Louisiana State University, the 2016-2017 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University, and then a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University.
I am at work on a project that demonstrates the value for policymakers of Abraham Joshua Heschel's work on ethical sensitivity in the context of American democracy. My recent study of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s political theology shows 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.” I teach courses on ethics, democracy, and political thought.