I teach courses in American federalism, elections, media, and public policy. Although I thoroughly enjoy teaching in the classroom, I also oversee independent studies focused on student research. Topics that students have investigated with me include urban infrastructure planning, organizational behavior in American hospitals, measures of teacher quality, evidence-based practices in correctional policy, and Democratic candidate rhetoric in Republican-leaning districts.
My Core Research Interests
- Assessment and accountability. As American policymakers have lost interest in the process of public policy, they have demanded simple-seeming public reporting of results. Does this accountability lead to policy change? How does assessment shape implementation? This movement appears in many fields, but I focus on teacher quality and student achievement.
- Federalism and American education. American education is at once a bastion of localism and target for national control. Can localism yield democratic accountability without sacrificing academic achievement?
- Governors’ use of the media. Many governors produce almost daily press releases even as governors’ media visibility is low. What kinds of releases are picked up by the press?
- “Persuasion or Paranoia: Governors in the Press.” 2014. Project in progress presented at the Midwest Political Science Association.
- “Convergence in K-16: Student Assessment and Accountability.” Project in progress for 2015.