I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science and Ecological Sciences and Engineering (ESE) at Purdue University. I received my B.S. in Political Science as well as an M.A. with a concentration in Environmental Politics and Policy Analysis from Appalachian State University. To develop my ability to research interactions between social policy and the environment, I am also pursuing a certificate in Advanced Methods at Purdue (AMAP).
Broadly, my research interests include public policy, environmental politics, and methodology. In my dissertation, I examine how strategic communication by youth climate activists may generate support for ambitious climate policies in the United States. I also work with several co-authors to understand other factors that may influence the policymaking process. You can read more about that work here.
Beyond academia, I continue to search for ways to foster positive change in my community. I currently serve on the West Lafayette Go Greener Commission and was a 2022 Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. In each of these experiences, I strive to bring a positive attitude and contribute to an inclusive environment.