About Me

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

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


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 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 International Relations and Political Methodology.  

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, rebelling against fascism, 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.