I have been studying the implementation, enforcement, and impact of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) since 1994. I am one of the few national experts on the NVRA. I have provided technical assistance on improving implementation of the Act to state and federal officials. With civil rights groups , I have worked on identifying non-compliant states, providing technical assistance to officials on implementation, ground-breaking litigation to enforce the law, and remedial strategies for fair implementation of this critical voting rights law. I am currently working with several groups to compile data from NVRA litigation and study the impact of enforcement interventions.
Other recent research projects include a study of food access in neighborhoods using a survey from Housing and Urban Development and compiling a historical database of state election policies. I have also studied the relationship between food security and Food & Nutrition Service programs as well as participation in these programs.
My other interests include studying how to advance civically engaged scholarship in political science and ways to incorporate policy analysis and, more broadly, public problem-solving in undergraduate curricula.
Teaching and Higher Education
I have taught at Grinnell College, Smith College (DC program), George Washington University, and Georgetown University. For specifics on the courses I taught, as well as information on advising, academic service, and research grants, please see my CV at the upper right of this page.
Research & Teaching Interests