Lecturer in Political Science
Coordinator of Internships and Research
History & Politics
Economics and Community Development
PhD, University of Kentucky, 2017
MA, University of Kentucky, 2013
BA, Middle Tennessee State University, 2007
BA, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2007
My research focuses within the areas of ethnicity, nationalism and migration studies. I am particularly interested in the politicization of forced migration across developed and developing host states. I am also involved with research on hate crimes and discourses of exclusion in relation to migration and have completed research fellowships at the Refugee Studies Centre in the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development and the Institute for Security Studies in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
My current research explores the cross-regional mobilization of anti-migrant activism. I use both qualitative and quantitative methods in my research with specific interests in critical content analysis and structural equation and spatial modeling. I carry these research experiences and interests into my work with students, aiming to match their curiosities with a skill-set to engage the world effectively as social scientists and young professionals.
My family and I attend St. Elmo Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Chattanooga.
- American Political Science Association
- Women’s Caucus for Political Science
- International Studies Association
- Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Studies
- Peace Science Society
- International Association for the Study of Forced Migration
- Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection
Selected Presentations and Publications
"Democratization and Forced Migration: The Unintended Consequences of Liberalization for Refugees in African Host States." 2012. Institute for Security Studies (Africa Security Review).
“Diversionary Xenophobia: Nationalism as Cover in the Age of Mobility.” February 2013. Presented at Midwest Political Science Association Conference. (Chicago, IL).
“The Politics of Xenophobia in the City: Examining Vulnerability and Opportunity Structures.” June 2018. Presented at the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration Conference. (London).
“Learning Hate: Mapping Patterns of Intolerance in the United States and Western Europe.” 2018. Submitted to the Journal of Comparative Politics.
“The Convention of Non-Convention: Modern Politics and Hospitable Histories.” 2018. Under Review with International Migration Review.
“Xenophobia as Symbolic Politics: A Cross-Regional Examination of Anti-Refugee Activism.” 2018. Under Review with International Studies Quarterly.
“Exclusionary Politics and Refugees: Transnational Perceptions and Realities of Anti-Refugee Intolerance.” Accepted for Presentation at International Studies Association Annual Convention. (Toronto, 2019).
Refugees at Risk: The Politics of Exclusion in the 21st Century. 2018. Lexington Books. [Forthcoming, summer 2019].