I grew up in the Midwest and completed my Bachelor of Arts at Miami University, majoring in Political Science and Spanish. In graduate school at Yale University I completed my Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy in the joint Politics and Psychology Program. I began my teaching career at the University of Notre Dame and have also taught at the State University of New York, Buffalo, and Oberlin College.
At the University of Louisville I teach undergraduate classes in American government, parties and elections, the mass media, Congress, and participation and representation, and graduate classes in research methods, statistics, and American politics.
My research interests focus on the role of social issues in electoral politics, the impact of values on public opinion, and the framing effects of political discourse.
Honors and Awards
State University of New York, Buffalo, Student Association university-wide award for outstanding undergraduate teaching, 1987
Kentucky Metroversity Award for Instructional Development, 2010
University of Louisville Faculty Favorite, Multiple Years
Participation and Representation
Media and Politics
Women and Politics
Elections in American Politics
The American Congress
Introductory American Government
Research Areas and Projects
Qualitative and Multi-method Research
Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior
Representation and Electoral Systems
American Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Southern Political Science Association
Editorial board, Southern Communication Journal
Reviewer for American Journal of Political Science, American Political Research, American Politics Quarterly, Armed Forces and Society, Gender & Society, The Journal of Politics, Law and Society, Political Research Quarterly (Western Politics Quarterly), Politics & Gender, Review of Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Social Security Bulletin, Southern Communication Journal, Texas Journal of Political Studies, Women & Politics
Reviewer for National Science Foundation
Reviewer for Congressional Quarterly Press, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press.
Discussant or Chair, various panels and roundtables at meetings of the American Political Science Association (1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2007), the Midwest Political Science Association (1983, 1986, 1989, 1990, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013), the Southern Political Science Association (1995), and the Social Science History Association (1985).
Midwest Women’s Caucus: President (2003-2004), Newsletter editor (1999-2002).
Chair or member, Breckinridge award committee, Midwest Political Science Association (2003-2004, 2007-2008).
Outside evaluator for periodic program review
Outside evaluator for faculty promotion