Associate Professor, History & Political Science
Ph.D., University of North Texas, 2016
M.A., University of Rhode Island, 2011
B.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth,
POSC 201: US Government
POSC 210: Political Science Research & Methods
POSC 302: Campaigns and Elections
POSC 307: State and Local Politics
POSC 308: Women in US Politics
POSC 313: American Political Institutions
POSC 323: Political Behavior
POSC 405: Race and Ethnic Politics
I happily joined the History and Political Science department in the Fall of 2016. I grew up in southeastern Massachusetts and am grateful to be back in such a beautiful part of the state.
My interest in politics began at a young age, so studying politics was a natural fit for me. I love teaching students how our political system impacts their lives, but also how they can make a difference. To that extent, I teach a range of courses on American government but my true passion lies in teaching (and researching) Congress, state and local politics, and women in politics.
Aside from teaching, I have completed a couple of internships and am happy to share my experiences with students on the importance of internships, and getting involved in local communities. I worked on a campaign for a local election as the volunteer coordinator, and interned for a Parks and Recreation department in Texas.
My current research focuses broadly on female candidates. I am particularly interested in the impact institutional features and demographic characteristics have on state-level candidate emergence and success. Click here to listen to my NPR Academic Minute on my latest research.
Peer Reviewed Articles
“Female Candidate Emergence and Term Limits: A State-Level Analysis”. Political Research Quarterly. (2018) 71(2): 318-329.
“To Run or Not to Run? U.S. House Campaign Advertising” with Regina Branton and Jared Perkins. Journal of Political Marketing. (201): 1-20.
“The Impact of Gender and Quality Opposition on the Relative Assessment of Candidate Competency” with Regina Branton, Ashley English, and Tiffany Barnes. Electoral Studies. (2018). 54: 35-43.
Jenkins, Shannon and Samantha Pettey. 2013. "Redistricting in Massachusetts" in The Political Battle Over Congressional Redistricting. Eds. Miller, William and Jeremy Walling Lexington Books.
Non Peer-Reviewed Articles
“Term Limits Encourage More Women to Run for Office in US State Legislatures. 2018. The London School of Economics US Centre daily blog on
American Politics and Policy. Access Here
“Why We Should Expect Gains for Democratic Women in the House on November 6th”. 2018. The London School of Economics US Centre daily blog on American Politics and Policy. Access here
"Institutional Factors and Women's Descriptive Representation: A Look at the States". Midwest Political Science Association: Chicago, Illinois. April 4-8, 2018.
“Women-Friendly Districts in the States: A Look at the Gap Between Female Democrats and Republicans”. Midwest Political Science Association: Chicago, Illinois. April 5-9, 2017.
"Women-Friendly State Legislative Districts". Midwest Political Science Association: Chicago, Illinois. April 7-10, 2016.
"Female Emergence and Term Limits: A State-Level Analysis". Midwest Political Science Association: Chicago, Illinois. April 16-19, 2015.
"Candidate Evaluations: The Impact of Gender and Party" with Regina Branton and Tiffany Barnes. Southern Political Science Association: New Orlean, Louisiana January 9-11, 2014.
"Women's Emergence as Governor and the Family Factor". New England Political Science Association. Newport, Rhode Island. April 22-24, 2010.
Monday, Wednesday 9:30-11am
or by appointment