Hi there,

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I'm a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. My dissertation examines how American voters evaluate female candidates for office, particularly in low-information environments. I recently taught (Fall 2016) a grad-level course on coding for social scientists, and I've previously taught undergraduate courses on research design and methods, political psychology, and democratic accountability. The rest of the site describes my research and teaching experience in more detail.

Before I started graduate school, I worked for a few years in public health and education. Before that, I graduated from Dartmouth with B.A.s in government and classical studies. Before that, I wasn't terribly interesting. Unless you're my mom. (Hi, mom.) Take a look at my LinkedIn profile if you're looking for more information about my non-academic work experience. 

When I'm not working, I like reading fiction (recent fave: "The Wife," by Meg Wolitzer) and non-fiction (recent fave: "The Fire Next Time," by James Baldwin), traveling (especially by sailboat or motorcycle), working up a sweat (even better with friends), eating (most anything), and watching absurd action movies (I know, just when you were starting to like me. Look, no one's perfect.) If you've ever done more than two of those things at the same time, let's definitely be friends. 

Drop me a line if I've left anything out, and thanks for stopping by. 

--R