I am a PhD Candidate of American Politics and Political Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park. I study the U. S. Congress, particularly congressional leadership, committees, and the policymaking process. My dissertation develops a theory of “policy positioning” by party leaders in the U. S. Congress. In 2019-2021, I served as an APSA Public Service Fellow for the U. S. House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.

Prior to joining the University of Maryland, I worked in the U. S. House and Senate as a press secretary and speech writer. I received my bachelor’s degree in History and Journalism from the University of Alabama, and am a native of Austin, Texas. I reside in Washington, D. C. with my husband, Michael, and our cat, Kambei.

Contact Information:
Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland
Tydings Hall
3114 Preinkert Dr
College Park, MD 20742

Twitter: @sorealw