There are three main streams to my research. First, I have conducted research on how high school civics education in the U.S. encourages – or not – young people to actively engage in politics. Second, my dissertation research and its extensions examine the ways in which political parties – and the role they play in candidate nominations – influence the ability of female candidates to be elected to office. I investigate the ways in which nomination mechanism affect reliance on gender stereotypes among those choosing the nominee. Third, I am actively engaged in sustained research regarding pedagogy in political science. My most recent paper, for example, argues that there is a divide with regard to the obstacles faculty teaching methods courses believe their students face and the obstacles their students actually perceive. My coauthor and I highlight how student learning can increase through faculty members’ first assessing student concerns about learning methods and then by designing their courses to address their fears.
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