I am a tenured assistant professor of American politics at Gallaudet University. I am also the executive director of the Center for Democracy in Deaf America, which is committed to developing healthy democratic skills and habits by fostering disagreement, debate, and civic engagement through American Sign Language. My research interests include ideological and tribal narratives, protest and social movement framing, identity politics, and polarization.
Before taking up my current position, I was men’s basketball (2012-2015) and women’s basketball (2011-2012) head coach at Gallaudet. I attended California School for the Deaf in Fremont and University High School in Irvine before earning my B.A. in Government from Gallaudet in 2006, my M.A. in American Politics from American University in 2008, and my second M.A. and Ph.D. in American Politics with a concentration in Political Theory from the Catholic University of America in 2018.
When I am not teaching, disagreeing, or rooting for the New York Knicks, I give talks on my research and on the crisis of liberal democracy, the art of rhetoric, argumentation, and debate, and the intersection of deaf people and politics.