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Originally from Atlanta GA, I was raised in Washington D.C.  I’ve worked in politics for a number of of years and served as a congressional aide to two senior Congressmen and as a press office intern for a prominent state Governor.  My research has allowed me the opportunity to travel all over the world, and I’ve been fortunate to spend extended periods of time in Adana, Turkey, Cuarnevaca Mexico and Dublin, Ireland.

In my role as a professor, my primary goal is to instruct and mentor students, and help prepare them for not only their future careers, but also life beyond the university community.  I am also committed to conducting and disseminating research that is engaging and relevant to the fields of both political science and public policy, but that also has a positive impact on not only the academic and University communities, but Las Vegas and the global community, as well.

Outside of my university position, I volunteer extensively in the community as a member of the Junior League of Las Vegas, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and my home parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Trying to maintain a semblance of balance between my many commitments and responsibilities is definitely challenging.  My family always comes first, so no matter how busy I am, I always make time for them. However, a major component in sustaining this balance can be attributed to prioritizing my health and my involvement in competitive fitness activities.  As such, one of my favorite hobbies is competing as an IFBB Figure Pro and working out at my local Crossfit box, Crossfit Combine.  And while there is very little spare time in my life right now, when I do find it, reading and writing popular fiction is how I like to spend it.

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