Research

My primary research project is a book manuscript titled Political Advocacy and Its Interested Citizens: Neoliberalism, Postpluralism, and LGBT Organizations. This project confronts a defining challenge of American pluralism: At a time when Washington has witnessed a surge in the number and influence of advocacy organizations seeking to empower new social groups, Americans have also witnessed the rise of a “New Gilded Age.” This project addresses this paradox by exploring the development of interest group representation since the 1960s. Focusing on LGBT organizing, this project concludes that a central feature of modern political life is the mobilization of “interested citizens.” In short, interested citizens are those who are willing to accept the inegalitarian features of contemporary American governance in order to take advantage of the limited opportunities for participation, inclusion, and progress available to historically-marginalized groups.

My publications include:

Journal Articles

“Promiscuity of the Past: Neoliberalism and Gay Sexuality Pre- and Post-AIDS,” Politics, Groups, & Identities, forthcoming.

Reinventing Pluralism: Consensus, Hegemony, and the Politics of Affirmation,” New Political Science 39:1 (March 2017), pp. 17-35.

With Bernard Tamas. “Ballot Access Laws and the Decline of American Third-Parties,” Election Law Journal 13:2 (June 2014), pp. 260-276.

Rethinking Intersectionality: Towards an Understanding of Discursive Marginalization,” New Political Science 33:2 (June 2011), pp. 189-210.

Reference

Interest Groups and Inequality in the United States,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Sandy Maisel, ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Book Reviews

Review of Punishment, Participatory Democracy, and the Jury, Albert Dzur, Law and Politics Book Review 23:8 (2013), pp. 393-396.

Review of Queer Mobilizations: LGBT Activists Confront the Law, Mary Bernstein, et. al., eds., Law and Politics Book Review, 21:1 (2011), pp. 22-25.

Press

With Bernard Tamas. “The U.S. has more third-party candidates than it’s seen in a century. Why?The Monkey Cage (Aug. 31, 2016).

Here’s one simple way to minimize the chaos at the Republican National Convention,” The Monkey Cage (Apr. 14, 2016).

Yuge Differences: Why Sanders and Trump are Not Alike,” CounterPunch (Feb. 19, 2016).

How Citizens United Has Changed the Political LandscapeTulsa World (Jan. 21, 2015)

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