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I teach Policy Studies and American Politics. My current research focuses on voting rights and social policy in the U.S. I am also interested in civil society (nonprofit) studies, program evaluation (and other forms of analysis), and how governance structures influence the implementation and outcomes of policies. Two other passions of mine are Haiti and Grinnell College’s greatest alumni Harry L. Hopkins ‘12.
I graduated from Grinnell College in 1991. Prior to returning to Grinnell to teach, I spent much of the past two decades working on social problems. Part of that time was spent directing or advising civil rights and voting rights projects for various nonprofit organizations. Earlier, I worked with community and labor organizers in the U.S. I also worked in Haiti, and with Haitians in the U.S., on human rights and pro-democracy projects in that nation. Previously, I taught for both Grinnell College’s and Smith College’s off-campus programs in Washington, DC and for George Washington University.