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Brief Bio

I am an Associate Professor of Business, Government & Society at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.

My research interests include non-market strategy (corporate political activity and corporate social responsibility), private politics, and corporate governance. In addition to a book published by Cambridge University Press, my work has appeared in leading journals in management, political science, and law and economics. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on corporate political strategy.

I am a native of the Chicago area and received my Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  My B.A. in Political Science is from Rice University.  In 2013, the Political Parties and Organizations Section of the American Political Science Association named me co-winner of its Emerging Scholar Award; in 2014, my co-author Mary-Hunter McDonnell and I won the Best Conference Paper Prize at the annual meeting of the Strategic Management Society; and in 2017, I won both the teaching and the research awards for assistant professors at McCombs.

Before joining the faculty at McCombs, I was an assistant professor of political science and policy studies at Grinnell College.  I also have worked in the private sector at BMO Harris, Dynegy, and CenterPoint Energy.