I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Pre-Law Program at California State University, Bakersfield. I teach courses in our pre-law curriculum, American Politics, Politics and Religion, and Research Methods.
My research interests are in the fields of politics and religion, gender, government institutions (with particular attention to the 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.
I also study constitutional law and judicial decision-making behavior. My current work as a Kegley Institute of Ethics Faculty Fellow, analyzes the different voice debate among male and female judicial offers and how this impacts the language of court opinions, judicial discretion, and behavior.