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 field of study is public policy and administration, with an emphasis in nonprofit and community-based organizations and urban politics.

I am an interdisciplinary scholar with broad research interests, including urban politics and policy; local governance & democracy (particularly, civic and political participation), community-based organizing and activism, and nonprofit advocacy.

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.