About Me

I am a Ph.D. candidate with concentrations in American Politics and Public Law. My teaching and research interests include public and constitutional law, courts as institutions, judicial and litigation processes, criminal justice, minority politics (particularly LGBT Politics), media framing, and methodology.

I worked full-time in the public and private sector through my entire academic career.

From 2001-2015 I worked full-time as a paralegal in law firms doing complex civil litigation, trial, and appellate work in the legal fields of tortious injury, family law (child custody and divorce), corporate formation and transactions, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Internal Revenue Service corporate filings, residential and corporate real estate transactions, foreclosures, immigration matters, Qui Tam actions arising under the U.S. False Claims Act, medical malpractice and healthcare law.

Since 2002, I have also worked part-time as a federally contracted Weather Observer (Aviation Meteorologist) for the U.S. National Weather Service and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

I received my B.A. in Political Science with Pre-Law Concentration from the University of New Orleans in 2007, my M.A. in Political Science in 2013, and my Ph.D. is expected in December 2017.

Since 2013, I have been an Instructor at the University of New Orleans where I teach American Government, LGBT Politics, Criminal Justice, and Methods of Political Research.

Since 2015, I have been an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University in New Orleans where I teach American Government, LGBT Politics, Criminal Justice, Court & Politics, and Constitutional Law.

Please download my Curriculum Vitae (“CV”) for more information.



Memberships

  • 2010 - present | American Political Science Association
  • 2010 - present | Midwest Political Science Association
  • 2010 - present | Southern Political Science Association
  • 2010 - present | Southwestern Social Science Association
  • 2010 - present | Western Political Science Association


Software Competencies

Teaching

  • Blackboard
  • Moodle
  • Canvas

Research

  • SPSS
  • STATA
  • Excel
  • ATLAS.ti

Professional and Legal

  • Lexis-Nexis Academic
  • Westlaw
  • PACER and CM/ECF
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Acrobat X / XI Pro
  • Web Design