I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. At SMU I am engaged in a variety of research projects all centered on understanding how ties to external organizations and stakeholders (e.g., affiliated nonprofit organizations, governments, faculty, and trustees) affect the behaviors and output of higher education organizations with an emphasis on how these ties, and their effects, change over time. I also teach graduate courses in statistics and academic governance. 

I was awarded my Ph.D. and Master of Arts degrees in Sociology from the University of Arizona where my research was funded by the Association for Institutional Research and a University of Arizona Excellence Graduate Fellowship in the Social Sciences. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and economics at Baylor University.

Prior to joining the faculty at SMU I was a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Associate at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education where I was the Project Manager for a three-year NSF funded project (Co-PIs: Dr. Sheila Slaughter and Dr. Barrett J. Taylor).