I have been on the faculty at Maryland since the fall of 1998. Prior to that, I was a member of the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. I am currently department chair and the interim director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship.
My research focuses on a variety of topics in the fields of American politics, political economy, and public policymaking. Though my earlier work tended to focus on either racial dynamics (several articles on the racial/ethnic dynamics of public opinion on immigration issues) or economic dynamics (a book and articles on monetary policymaking and a book on the role of campaign contributions in the Clinton impeachment), a portion of my most recent work (primarily on legislative politics and party development in the South) focuses on the intersection of race and economics.
I am currently working on a series of articles on the Tea Party in the American South with Trey Hood (University of Georgia) and Quentin Kidd (Christopher Newport University) and a book on the Tea Party in Congress with Bryan Gervais (University of Texas at San Antonio).