My research interests include interest groups and social movements, democratic theory, LGBT politics, and political marginalization. My dissertation, titled Interest Group Citizenship, explored the historical development of the LGBT movement. In particular, I analyzed how the “professionalization” of political advocacy has impacted and transformed how marginalized citizens understand their roles as democratic subjects. My data, which come primarily from LGBT advocacy organizations’ communications and correspondences with constituents, reveal that the advocacy system’s expansion generated a “politics of affirmation” among marginalized constituencies, meaning that greater inclusion into the realm of professional advocacy has fostered greater support for the institutions and governing procedures that formerly served as sites of oppression. I completed this dissertation in December 2012, and I will rework it into a book project.
Education and Degrees Earned
- Ph.D. University of Minnesota (’13)
- MA: Illinois State University (’06)
- BA: Illinois State University (’04)
Previous Teaching Experience
- Linfield College (2012-2013)