I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Kansas with interests in political and fiscal sociology, public policy, immigration, race/ethnicity, and social theory. I am also affiliated with KU’s Institute for Policy & Social Research. My research broadly examines how sociological phenomenon manifest at the state and local levels.

I am currently working on my dissertation which examines the origins and outcomes of the recent efforts to sharply cut income taxes in state legislatures. Using Kansas as a case study, I examine this process and its effects in order to understand the social and political consequences on the public domain.

My other research projects focus on state-level immigration laws (with Cecilia Menjívar), state-level human trafficking laws (with Hannah Britton), local school tax election outcomes (with Emily Rauscher), and racial opposition to welfare spending (with Eric Hanley).