I have studied Bayesian inference and network analysis at the University of Michigan’s Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). My research has appeared in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Urban Affairs Review, the Journal of Urban Affairs, Policy Studies Journal, among other journals. In 2014, I was a co-PI on a multidisciplinary team awarded a graduate research grant from the University of Maryland’s National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) for research on water-management challenges in three U.S. cities. I am also currently studying the entreprenuerial orientation of local government managers in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Prior to changing careers, I worked as a government reporter for 15 years. During that time, I covered city councils, school boards, state legislatures and state and national political campaigns in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Florida for news organizations including The Kansas City Star, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Gannett News Service and the Orlando Sentinel.
At FSU, I was part of a Local Governance Research Lab which investigates questions about why cities and counties collaborate and compete in arenas ranging from energy use to development, environmental resource management and land-use. Research examining the institutional influences on local government sustainability initiatives can be found at the FSU Local Governance Research Lab.Here are some of the collective works examining local government land use and political markets.
Here are the courses I regulary teach:
PSPA 600 - Scope and Dynamics of Public Administration PSPA 605 _ Organizational Theory and Behavior PSPA 630 – Local and Metropolitan Government PSPA 631 – Urban Planning and Zoning PSPA 632 - Local Government Administration