About Me

I am a PhD Student in Political Science and NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Iowa. My research focuses on political determinants of access to health care and social welfare resources in the U.S. Specifically, I am interested in when and why there may be gaps between what a policy’s goals are and how the program actually performs. My dissertation looks at how a state’s decisions regarding admninistrative burden affect who has access to health and social welfare resources in that state, and how this relationship may be moderated by state and local policy contexts.

My larger research agenda encompasses state and local political institutions, bureaucratic poilitics, public admninistration, social inequality, and policy diffusion. My co-authored work on state variation in access to affordable contraception has been featured by The Washington Post, The Economist, The Gender Policy Report and PBS News Hour. Prior to graduate school, I received my BA in Public Policy and U.S. and Global Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I also have an MS in Health Informatics from the University of Iowa. I am passionate about using big data and data science tools to create research that can inform more equitable policymaking and policy implementation, and I am passionate about teaching the next generation of researchers to do the same.