I am an assistant professor of American politics at Gallaudet University. My research revolves around how people try to get more of what they want in public life with sacred rhetoric. In particular, I’m interested in the strategic dilemmas of ideological and tribal narratives.
Before taking up my current position, I was men’s basketball and women’s basketball head coach at Gallaudet. I attended California School for the Deaf in Fremont before earning my BA from Gallaudet, my MA from American University, and my second MA and PhD in American Politics from Catholic University of America.
I am the director of the newly launched Center for Democracy in Deaf America (CDDA), which is committed to developing healthy democratic skills and habits by fostering disagreement, debate, and civic engagement through American Sign Language.
I am also the debate team head coach and the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) at Gallaudet.
When I am not teaching, disagreeing, writing, or rooting for the Bison and the Knicks, I give talks and lead workshops on strategic interactionism, political rhetoric, social movement framing, and civic engagement.