Welcome! I am Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of the South. My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of American politics, public policy, and public administration, and include criminal justice reform, local government, gun politics, and research methods.


  • Public policy
  • State and local government
  • Criminal justice policy
  • Gun politics
  • Research methods


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, 2022

    University of Kansas

  • M.A. in Political Science, 2013

    University of Cincinnati

  • B.A. in History, with honors, 2012

    University of Cincinnati

Book Chapters

LGBTQ Judges in the United States

The past thirty years have witnessed a remarkable expansion of descriptive and substantive representation for LGBT people in American politics (Haider-Markel 2007, 2010). A significant literature has developed analyzing the rise of LGBT candidates and office-holders, particularly in legislative races and offices (Bailey and Nawara 2017; Button, Wald, and Rienzo 1999; Casey and Reynolds 2015; Corrales 2017; Everitt and Camp 2014; Golebiowska 2001, 2002; Golebiowska and Thomsen 1999; Haider-Markel 2000, 2010; Haider-Markel and Bright 2014; Haider-Markel, Joslyn, and Kniss 2000; Haider-Markel et al. 2017; Herrick and Thomas 1999; Perry and Manley 2017; Reynolds 2013; Snell 2017). However, the study of LGBT representation in the United States has, to date, largely neglected the presence of LGBT judges on the bench (but see Clendinen and Nagourney 2001; Smith and Haider-Markel 2002). With this in mind, we seek to explore the history of LGBT representation in the American judicial system. We ask, How have LGBT judges come to occupy judicial seats? What are the substantive effects of LGBT judges? What do LGBT judges mean for LGBT representation more broadly? To answer these questions, we first outline our theoretical perspective on the representation of marginalized groups in government. We then examine systemic data on where and how LGBT judges have served. We turn to case studies to explore how LGBT judges have obtained their offices, highlighting some particularly notable judges. Finally, we conclude with a prospective on the future of LGBT representation on the bench.


Introduction to Public Policy

Summer 2019, Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

Policy Analysis

Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2023

Criminal Justice Policy

Fall 2020, Fall 2022

Environmental Policy

Fall 2022, Spring 2023

Introduction to U.S. Politics

Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2022

Graduate Research Methods

TA: Fall 2018

Undergraduate Research Methods

TA: Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019