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Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Growing up in metro-Detroit, I became convinced that we could do better economically and for a larger swath of people. I have not been disavowed of that belief. My research explores why and how local governments use particular economic development policies to improve their economic circumstances. I analyze the factors leading governments to prioritize economic growth, sustainability, and social equity. I also evaluate the impact of our local policies on economic growth, social equity, and wellbeing.

I do this work as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. I am also an affiliate faculty of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (, in the Metropolitan Governance and Management Transitions lab at Indiana University Bloomington, and at the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University. I earned my Ph.D. at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration at George Washington University and my BA and MA in Political Science at Wayne State University.


  • 2016 
    George Washington University, Public Policy and Public Administration