I have recently completed by Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and will be joining the faculty at Lewis-Clark State College this fall. My dissertation "Golden Opportunities: Vacancies and Representation in the U.S. Senate" focuses on the legislative and electoral implications of gubernatorial appointments to the U.S. Senate. I am broadly interested in the importance of selection methods to legislator responsiveness and electoral outcomes. My other research interests include campaigns and elections, political parties, voting behavior, and gender in politics. My approach to research informs my teaching, as I ask students to imagine alternative institutional arrangements and encourage them to explore the consequences of the status quo and the possibilities of change. I currently teach Introduction to American Government and Politics and look forward to teaching classes across the American Politics subfield.