Welcome to my academic website. I am currently an Instructor of Political Science at Eastern Illinois University. I teach in a variety of areas, including American institutions, public administration, and international relations. My research focuses largely on the intersection between religiosity and political behavior (especially in the American context). Previously, I have completed an appointment as a post doctoral research fellow at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute in Carbondale, Illinois. While there I was an advisor on issues of survey methodology and polling, as well as providing data collection and analysis.

My work has been published in a number of well regarded peer reviewed journals including Politics & Religion, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Review of Religious Research, The Journal of Religious Leadership, and Representation.

In addition, my research has been covered in a variety of media outlets including The Washington Post, Christianity Today, CT-Women, The Corner of Church and State, and NPR-WSIU.

Along with publishing in a number of media outlets I am the co-founder and frequent contributor to Religion in Public, a forum for scholars of religion and politics to make their work accessible to a more general audience.

Relevant Experience

  • Current2012

    Instructor of Political Science

    Eastern Illinois University

  • 20122011

    Post Doctoral Fellow

    Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

  • 20112006

    Graduate Assistant

    Southern Illinois University - Carbondale


  • PhD 2011

    Doctorate of Philosophy

    Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

  • MA 2007

    Master of Arts

    Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

  • BA 2004

    Bachelor of Arts

    Greenville College