Originally from Wyoming, I've lived all over the US, and I am now an assistant professor of political science at Leiden University in the Netherlands. My research combines interests in political communication (especially via social media), social movements, Muslims and politics, and research methodologies. I have conducted fieldwork in Western Europe and throughout former Soviet Central Asia.
I teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses on media and politics, research methods, and professional and academic skill development. I also supervise several PhD students. I am deeply committed to improving my students' learning outcomes and have been appointed to the Leiden Teachers Academy in recognition of my various classroom innovation initiatives.
My personal hobbies include reading, cycling, hiking, camping, and travel. Though I now live below sea level, I'm a mountain girl, born and bred. If there's a mountain trail nearby, you'll find me there.