I am an associate professor and the associate chair in the department of political science at Tulane University. My research focuses on American political behavior, political socialization and public policy. I am especially interested in public attitudes about and behavior around issues of education reform and immigration policy. My book, A Midwestern Mosaic: Immigration and Political Socialization in Rural America, was published by Temple University Press in 2012.
At Tulane, I created and direct the Summer Minor Program in U.S. Public Policy. In this program, students can earn a minor in public policy by taking five courses, including an introductory public policy course, Microeconomics, a service-learning course in which students work with City Hall offices to research policy issues facing the city, and two electives in substantive policy areas.
In the Spring semester of 2015, students in my course, The Politics of Education Policy, collected data and wrote research briefs about several important education policy issues in New Orleans. I edited and summarized their work into this short document. The students developed important policy recommendations related to campaign finance, transparency of information about charter school boards, standardizing and posting school budgets, and more.