I'm an assistant professor of political science at Western Washington University and a 2019-2020 APSA Congressional Fellow. My research explores political representation at the intersection of gender, race, and partisanship.
My first book, Gendering the GOP: Intraparty Politics and Republican Women's Representation in Congress, is forthcoming at Oxford University Press. In one of the first books to focus exclusively on the experiences of Republican congresswomen, I uncover some of the gendered implications of congressional polarization. Looking beyond legislative behavior, the book reveals changes over time in the way Republican congresswomen 1) claim to represent women and 2) work together to advance their own interests within the party. Through extensive interviews with women members of Congress and in-depth analyses of House floor speeches, I detail how women have both navigated and shaped existing gender dynamics within the House GOP conference.
My book demonstrates that Republican congresswomen are not merely gender-blind partisans. I show how polarization and party competition have incentivized Republican women to organize around their partisan-gender identity – distinguishing themselves from both Democratic women and Republican men. Doing so has increased their visibility as party messengers, while simultaneously limiting their legislative power in the institution. This project shines light on the ongoing challenges Republican women face, the intricate gender dynamics they must learn to navigate in their party, and potential opportunities for change.