I am an Assistant Professor in Kent State University’s Department of Political Science. I teach courses in the department’s Masters of Public Administration program, as well as undergraduate courses in political science.

I have my PhD in Public Affairs with a specialization in Community Development from Rutgers University- Camden. My primary field of study is public policy and administration, with an emphases in nonprofit and community-based organizations and urban politics.

As an interdisciplinary scholar, I have published my research and writing in outlets such as State and Local Government Review and the Journal of Public Affairs Review, as well as Feminist Formations (forthcoming). I have published books chapters and co-edited both academic and non-academic books. My most recent project, Grand Rapids Grassroots: An Anthology (co-edited with Dani Vilella, Belt Publishing), will be released on November 1, 2017.

I am originally from Grand Rapids, MI. I completed both my bachelors and masters degrees at Grand Valley State University (Laker for a Lifetime!), before leaving the state to pursue my doctorate at Rutgers.  In my spare time I love running, swimming, and playing/ reading/ cuddling with my two wonderful children.