Associate Professor of Political Science, Department Chair of Political Science
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- Mary Berry Hall 303
- B.A. in History and Government, Augustana College, 1996
Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Iowa, 2002
After working for three years at a state university, I moved to Simpson College for the opportunity to teach smaller classes and work closely with students in mentoring and advising.
I teach classes in American politics and public policy, with a focus on civic engagement and collaborative projects. For example, during election years my students do investigative fact-checking of political candidates and create issue guides to help citizens cast informed votes. I also direct the Simpson Survey, a comprehensive student-run poll that examines the political attitudes of faculty and students on campus.
I love working with first-year students as Co-Director of the First Year Program, a new role for me. I also stay active in political science research, and recently published a study of teaching and learning (“Fact Checks, Voter Guides, and GOTV: Civic Learning Projects in American Politics Courses”) in the Journal of Political Science Education.
I live just two blocks from campus with my wonderful wife and two young boys. In my free time, I enjoy disc golf, spending time with my family, and watching college (Nebraska Huskers) and NFL (Seattle Seahawks) football.