Department of Political Science
I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I am affiliated with the Global Diversity Lab and the MIT GOV/LAB.
My research examines religion, race and ethnicity, deliberation, and participation in American politics. Methodologically, I am interested in the synergies between positivist and interpretive modes of inquiry.
In my dissertation project, I use interpretive and statistical methods to investigate how congregational diversity shapes the deliberative and political activities of churches. This research is generously supported by an NSF/APSA Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. You can find a summary of this research here.
My research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, and has been supported by APSA, MIT GOV/LAB, and the Office of the Provost at MIT.
I received my B.A. from UCLA, where I graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Political Science and Economics. I am a proud (and happily retired) former member of the UCLA Rowing Team, and was UCLA's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2018. I was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland.