I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I specialized in democratic theory, feminist political theory, contemporary political theory, American political thought, and U.S. women’s history. I taught at Penn State University in Political Science for 4 years before moving to Atlanta to teach in Emory University’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I have also taught at Sewanee: The University of the South in the Politics department, and for Georgia State University’s Department of Political Science and Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

My research examines how gender, sexuality, race, and class formations impact democratic participation and especially political protest. Methodologically, I combine theorizing with historical studies of political discourse and activism in the U.S. from 1945 to the present.

My first book, Dissident Citizenship: Gender and the Politics of Democratic Disturbance (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019), analyzes the complex influence of gender on practices of democratic dissent by blending democratic theory, feminist theory, and empirical case studies of activism from the U.S. civil rights and welfare rights movements.

My current book project, Enraged: Race, Gender, and the Democratic Politics of Anger, investigates the democratic and political challenges posed by anger in the contemporary public sphere, and includes case studies on the gendered and racialized politics of anger in the Tea Party, the reproductive “War on Women,” the U.S. gun control debate, and recent battles over the minimum wage and food stamps.


Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Feminist Political Theory; Gender and Politics; Feminist Legal Theory; Feminist and Gender Theory
  • Democratic Theory; Contemporary Political Theory; American Political Thought; Modern Political Theory
  • Gender, Race, and Public Policy; Race and Ethnicity; Poverty and Inequality
  • U.S. Social and Political Movements Since 1945; Citizenship Studies
  • Constitutional Law; American Government
  • Emotion, Affect, and Politics


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