I am a political science PhD student in the department of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University. My major field is American Politics with a Public Policy subfield. I have a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas and a B.A. in political science from Abilene Christian University. My research is focused on representation in rural America. I also have interests in intersection of race, politics, and religion. I hope to combine these interests with my passion for teaching. I was born and raised in Pampa, Texas.