Hello, and welcome to my page. I’m a political scientist at the University of North Texas. I received my PhD from the University of Florida in 2001, where I worked with Larry Dodd, Ken Wald, and Peggy Conway. After graduate school I served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. I have been a faculty member at UNT since fall 2002, and a fellow at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Summer Institute, Brandeis University, since 2008.
I am interested in how ethno-religious identities shape elite political attitudes and behaviors. In a recent book with Brian Calfano and Melissa Michelson, we assess the role of clergy as political elites, but I generally focus on legislators and their responsiveness to religious constituencies and identities. I teach a pretty broad repertoire classes, but I most frequently offer Introductory American Government, Religion and Politics, Israeli Politics, and U.S. Congress.
As of January 1, 2017, I serve as editor-in-chief of the journal Politics and Religion. Speaking of: