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About Me

I am a speaker on topics as diverse as immigration policy, racial politics in North America and Europe, the politics of minority inclusion, human rights, and international relations. I have a passion for global politics and traveling.



Political Science: University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, Sept. 2019

  • Dissertation: “Never at Home: Immigrants and Integration in Denmark and in Sweden”

  • Committee: Daniel Tichenor and Jane Cramer (co-chairs), Debra Thompson, Lars Skalnes, & Julie Hessler

  • Fields: Comparative Politics, International Relations


Political Science: University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2015

  • Thesis: Communism, Nationalism, and African American Political Thought: A View from African American Newspapers 1910-1949

  • Committee: Daniel Tichenor (chair), Daniel HoSang, and Craig Parsons


Public Administration: Pennsylvania State University, Middletown, PA, 2006


Double Major Communications and English Literary Studies: DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2004

Academic Appointments

2020 - Present

Assistant Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

2019 - 2020

Assistant Teaching Professor & Director of the Society, Technology and Policy Program, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

2018 - 2019

Instructor, Western Oregon University

Scholarships, Rewards and Grants


  • Russell Sage Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Proposal Development Summer Institute Fellow for 2020, postponed due to COVID-19 to Summer 2021

  • Faculty Champion Nominee, WPI Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), April 2020 

  • The University of Oregon, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Dissertation Fellowship, 2019

  • Fulbright Schuman Fellow in Denmark and Sweden, 2017-1

  • Diversity Excellence Award, University of Oregon, 2017-2018

International Experience 

Fulbright Schuman Fellowship

European Union- Sweden and Denmark, August 2017- July 2018


Peace Corps Volunteer

Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria, 2006-2009

Study Abroad Advisor

DePaul University, Chicago, IL 2009-2012

Study Abroad 

DePaul University, Accra, Ghana, 2003

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