Don’t take yourself too seriously, but take your job seriously.
— Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
 

Doctoral Candidate,

Department of Political Science,

The Ohio State University

 

In the eighth grade I began watching C-SPAN. When a member of Congress took to the chamber floor to speak, my ears perked up. Watching C-SPAN on a daily basis not only introduced me to the influential members of Congress, it was an introductory course in congressional procedure, rules which are often arcane. I learned the jargon too. I watched C-SPAN so often, and I studied individual members so much, by the 111th Congress I could name over 85 Senators from memory. One day, with nothing other than my memory, a pen, and paper, I sat at my kitchen table and tested myself; I proved to myself I could do it. I am a third-year graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in political science with concentrations in American politics and political psychology from The Ohio State University. I completed the comprehensive exam in September 2017, allowing me to begin my prospectus towards my dissertation.

I attended college from 2012-2015 at the University of Maryland, College Park, graduating cum laude with my Bachelor's Degree in Government & Politics in May 2015. Throughout college I involved myself in service. Interning on a campaign for governor allowed me to examine the mechanics of a campaign apparatus, even though I knew the candidate I served had no chance of winning. Being on the campaign proved sometimes we learn more when we lose. I learned winning is not everything, and that politics can be nasty and brutal. Additionally, I built lifelong friendships. Interning in my U.S. Senator’s office, I learned positive public policy could be forged when politics’ negative attributes were taken in stride.

At the University of Maryland I served in numerous leadership positions. I served as the undergraduate representative on the Faculty Affairs Committee of the University Senate. I participated in discussions of tenure and adjunct faculty issues, and salary inequities. Learning the inner-workings of the university taught me to respect faculty members because their work is more than simply lecturing and holding office hours. Many serve on committees and go above and beyond in their community participation. I learned the value of institutional service.

Upon my return from a semester abroad, I was appointed Ambassador to the Maryland-in-Haifa study abroad program. I worked with the program’s director to increase turnout in the program. The program’s focus on conflict management is meaningful to me because I believe compromise can be reached when parties listen to each other and meet in the middle. While in Haifa I interned with the Haifa Forum for Interfaith Cooperation, attending interfaith events at different culturally relevant spots in the city. I also drafted a project proposal for the Fellowship Grove educational initiative, an interactive museum the Forum hopes to build to showcase the City of Haifa’s rich intercultural history. It is a city of peace.

As vice president of the University of Maryland chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, I organized a panel discussion entitled Law School vs. Graduate School. By asking a diverse group to be part of our panel, I tried to help my peers make a tough decision simpler. I want to equip my peers with the resources to make better decisions. Pi Sigma Alpha facilitated my involvement in the larger community of political science. I have joined the trademark professional associations of the discipline, including APSA, MPSA, SPSA, and ISPP.

At The Ohio State University, I currently serve on the award committee for the Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Service and Scholarship, funded by the university-wide Council of Graduate Students, and the Grants Review Ad Hoc Committee, also through the graduate school. 

Outside of Ohio State I enjoy telling dad jokes (I got rid of the dad jeans though!), playing racquetball and tennis, watching hockey, baseball, and football, cooking and baking, and exploring and adventuring around Columbus and Ohio more generally--I don't like to sit still. I also appreciate a solid happy hour, and love and adore my Lhasa Apso Flipper.