Summary of Research
My research aims to identify: 1) the conditions under which economically and racially marginalized groups engage in the political process and 2) the manifold ways public policy shapes the lives of people in these groups. Particular topics that animate this agenda include: the political causes of racial disparities in poverty rates; the effects of state policies on the political behavior of people living in poverty; the relationship between neighborhood disorder and local political participation; the determinants of state compliance with the public assistance provisions (section 7) of the National Voter Registration Act; and the community level political effects of concentrated disadvantage.
Articles & Book Chapters
“People, Places, Power: Medicaid Policy Concentration and Local Political Participation.” Forthcoming in Journal of Health, Politics, Policy and Law, 2017.
"Social Class As Racialized Political Experience." The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics 15 (1): 93-110, 2017.
“Race, Poverty and the Redistribution of Voting Rights.” Poverty and Public Policy 8 (2): 106-128, 2016.
“Neighborhood Disorder and Local Participation: Examining the Political Relevance of ‘Broken Windows.’" Political Behavior 35 (4): 777-806, 2013.
“African American Women: Intersectionality in Politics,” (with Cathy J. Cohen and Andrew Dilts) in Henry L Gates Jr. et al. (eds.) Oxford Handbook of African American Citizenship, 1865-Present. New York: Oxford University Press (2012).
“Minority Report: Kanye West, Barack Obama and Political Alienation,” (with Cathy J. Cohen) in Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics. New York: Oxford University Press (2010).