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 courses in political science. I currently teach urban politics & policy, environmental politics & policy, nonprofit advocacy, public administration, and research methods.
My research centers on issues of power, privilege, and democratic participation in the fields of urban politics, nonprofit and community-based organizations, and public administration. My work is highly influenced by my years working in feminist community activism and my commitment to a critical research practice.
As an interdisciplinary scholar, I have published my research and writing in outlets such as State and Local Government Review (2016) and the Journal of Public Affairs Review (2010, 2011, 2015), Feminist Formations (2018, forthcoming), as well as book chapters. I am also the co-editor of three books: Feminist Pedagogy, Practice, and Activism: Improving Lives for Girls and Women (Co-edited with Jennifer L. Martin, Martina Sharp-Grier; 2017, Routledge), Grand Rapids Grassroots: An Anthology (Co-edited with Dani Vilella; 2017, Belt Publishing), and Community Development and Public Administration Theory: Empowerment through the Enhancement of Democratic Principles (Co-edited with Jason D. Rivera; 2018, Routledge).
I have my PhD in public affairs with a specialization in community development from Rutgers University- Camden.
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.