I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at California State University, Bakersfield. I am also the Pre Law Advisor for the Department of Political Science. I teach courses in our pre law curriculum and in the area of American politics.
My research interests are in the fields of politics and religion, gender, government institutions (primarily the presidency and the courts), and political rhetoric.
Within the field of politics and religion, I am interested in religious elite influence on public opinion, female religious leadership, and the legal elements and arguments surrounding religious liberty and conscience protection.
Regarding presidential and political rhetoric, I examine how leaders’ language changes during times of crisis and how religious rhetoric is utilized by elected officials in order to sway and/or garner public support.