My research interests focus on women and politics, local politics, research methods, and environmental politics.
My book, Women in Politics in the American City (Temple University Press) examines the effect of the female mayors and city council members on urban politics. I recently edited a volume on gender and political ambition: Good Reasons to Run
I've been widely published in both academic journals and in the popular press. I'm always happy to talk to the press about women mayors, sheriffs (and sheriffs and sheriffs), Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, sexism, or any other issue where my research intersects with journalist interests.
Right now, I'm researching local appointed boards and commissions, children's political attitudes, how state legislatures make decisions about controversial policies like climate change, firearms, and sexual education, the partisan politics of #MeToo, the role of religious beliefs in political attitudes and actions, and the pathways to political office, as well as a variety of other projects. My research used a variety of advanced methods, with a focus on geographic, experimental, and survey research.