Ph.D., M.A. University of Notre Dame
B.A. Wake Forest University
I teach courses on the presidency, Congress, political parties, campaigns, and interest groups.
My research focus is on political capital, and I'm currently working on a manuscript on politics and women's' reproductive issues.
Some of my students enjoy watching my appearances on a local public affairs television show on Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC, where I'm a weekly commentator and contributor. The show, shown Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m., has an individual affiliated with Democrats, one with Republicans, a moderator, and occasional guests. I've been appearing on this program for more than two years. I'm also on WBT 1110 AM radio every Sunday with Don Russell for a 20-minute segment on the political "week in review." I've been participating in this broadcast since 2008.