Associate Professor and Internship Director
Department of Political Science
1127 AuSable Hall
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401
Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin, 2006
Fields: American politics, presidency, parties, elections
PLS 102- Intro to American Government and Politics
PLS 206- Constitutional Foundations
PLS 300- Political Analysis
PLS 304- Political Parties and Interest Groups
PLS 305- Congress and the Presidency
PLS 341- Voting and Elections
PLS 380- Special Topics (American Political Development)
“The Heir Apparent Presidency of James Madison”, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 41, Issue 4, pp. 712-726, December 2011.
Chapter on President Martin Van Buren in Matthew Manweller, ed., Chronology of the U.S. Presidency, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (Greenwood Press), March 2012.
Chapter on President Ulysses S. Grant in Matthew Manweller, ed., Chronology of the U.S. Presidency, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (Greenwood Press), March 2012.
“Passing the Torch Through Political Time: Heir Apparent Presidents and the Governing Party”, White House Studies, Vol. 9, Issue 1, pp. 51-66, 2009.
I came to Grand Valley in 2006. I have taught 7 different courses here, covering American politics. My research uses an American political development approach to study political parties, the presidency and elections. I am currently working on a book manuscript entitled The Heir Apparent Presidency, covering the challenges of being president as the heir apparent to a very powerful predecessor.
I am also the department internship coordinaor and the university's liaison to the Washington Center.
I am a native of Walnut Creek, California in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I'm a lifelong Oakland A's fan. My hobbies include being an amateur Civil War buff, exercising, ballroom dancing and following baseball.