I am the Senior Policy Researcher & Advisor for the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight, and analysis to help speed equality for all, including LGBTQ people. Among other duties, I maintain our Equality Maps tracking over 50 LGBTQ-related policies across all 50 states, D.C., and the U.S. territories. I create accessible, persuasive, data-driven policy resources, and I advise on these and other issues. Learn more about MAP here!

I also served two years at the Harvard Opinion Research Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I designed surveys and analyzed public opinion on a variety of health and domestic policy issues. I wrote policy reports and worked with the media and funding partners to communicate our research to broad and diverse audiences.

I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2016. (Go Blue!) My research focuses on political psychology, particularly emotions and LGBTQ politics. 

I am originally from Ferguson, Missouri, and I remain an avid Cardinals fan. I've lived in Michigan, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, and have recently returned home to St. Louis.

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MAP Launches New Series on Rural LGBT Americans

April 02, 2019

Pop culture images and narratives about LGBT people suggest that most LGBT people live in cities or on the coasts. Yet an estimated three million or more LGBT people call rural America home.  The Movement Advancement Project released a new report, Where We Call Home: LGBT People in Rural America, which examines the structural differences in rural life and their unique impact on LGBT people in rural areas, who are both more vulnerable to discrimination and less able to respond to its harmful effects.

Joined the Movement Advancement Project!

June 05, 2018

I have officially joined the Movement Advancement Project, an independent LGBT think tank dedicated to speeding up equality for LGBT people, as their new Policy Researcher! Learn more about MAP here.

Featured Expert on LGBTQ Health & Discrimination Panel at Harvard

March 21, 2018

I was a featured expert on a panel at The Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health, on the topic: "Health in the LGBTQ Community: Improving Care and Confronting Discrimination." Full video available at the link. This panel discusses the findings of the LGBTQ report in my Harvard polling series on Discrimination in America. (LGBTQ report available here.)

Harvard Study: LGBT People of Color Suffer Double Discrimination

November 28, 2017

I was interviewed by Samantha Allen of The Daily Beast about the LGBTQ report in my Harvard series on Discrimination in America.

Most LGBTQ Americans experience harassment, discrimination, Harvard study finds

November 26, 2017

I was interviewed by Julie Moreau of NBC about the LGBTQ report in my Harvard series on Discrimination in America.

LGBTQ Political Candidates Score Historic Victories Across U.S.

November 08, 2017

I am interviewed in this article by Julie Moreau of NBC about the historical election of 8 (!) transgender candidates to American political office.

Discrimination in America series released

October 24, 2017

Today, in my position at Harvard Opinion Research Center, my colleagues and I released the first report in a nine-part series on people's experiences of discrimination in America. The first report focuses on Black Americans' experiences with discrimination.


This is a joint effort with NPR and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We surveyed 3,453 people, with nationally representative samples of Black, Latino, white, Asian, and Native Americans, as well as LGBTQ people, and men and women. One report per group will be released each week now through December 2017.

Article published in Sage Open

June 14, 2017

Published and released online! "Intertemporal Differences Among MTurk Workers: Time-Based Sample Variations and Implications for Online Data Collection." Sage Open 7(2). DOI: 10.1177/2158244017712774https://osf.io/8352x/

This article examines differences in who takes surveys on MTurk, depending on what time of day or day of week the survey is posted. See my research page for more information!

March 02, 2017

For the Supreme Court case G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, I am a co-signatory on the Amicus brief, "Dr. Ben Barres, Ms. Jennifer Michelle Chavez, Mr. Chris Mosier, and 98 Other Transgender Americans as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondent."

March 01, 2017

My article on the Brookings Institute's webpage discussing the implications of Trump's decisions for transgender students and rights moving forward.

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