About Me

My first day in Columbus, July 28th, 2014.

My first day in Columbus, July 28th, 2014.


Senior Fellow, Program in Statistics and Methodology

Doctoral Candidate, 
Department of Political Science,
The Ohio State University

I was born and raised deep in the Ozarks in Springfield, Missouri.  As a high school student at Parkview High School I took a liking to debate, wherein I found my love of interstate politics, science, and statistics.  

Upon graduation in 2010, I moved to Carbondale, Illinois to attend Southern Illinois University.  While there my love for IR consolidated and I became interested in network analysis and data science while working as Scott Comparato and Shane Gleason's research assistant collecting the state supreme court citation network.  

In 2014 I graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University with an honors degree in Political Science.  I then started my doctoral program at The Ohio State University's Department of Political Science where I have specialized in Quantitative Methodology and International Relations.  

At OSU I have had the pleasure of working with Jan Box-Steffensmeier, Skyler Cranmer, Bear Braumoeller, and Christopher Gelpi.  

Outside of my research interests, I host an ever evolving set of hobbies, including home brewing, mead making, bread baking, fantasy football, cooking, and traveling with my partner. 

I also continuously pursue the perfection of relatively simplistic things, such as roasted chicken, margaritas, and quiche.