Ph.D. Candidate, The Pennsylvania State University

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Welcome! I am a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the Political Science department at The Pennsylvania State University.

In August 2017, I graduated with a dual title PhD in Political Science (American politics) and Women’s,Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Penn State. Prior to coming to Penn State, I received a B.A. in political science from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia and worked as a research assistant at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

My research focuses on the intersection of representation and public policy, with a particular emphasis on how marginalized populations are represented in the American political system. My dissertation examined this relationship by exploring how the stereotypes placed onto welfare (specifically, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients translate into state welfare policy.

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