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I recently completed two terms as chair of the Department of Political Science. I directed the graduate program in political science from 2008-2011. I am currently on sabbatical.


My current project is a new book on citizenship and civic membership in the context of military service.  Carol Nackenoff and I are also developing an edited volume on the family, the state, and American political development.


I served as President of the Western Political Science Association in 2016-17. My service record in the American Political Science Association includes serving as a member of APSA’s executive council, president of the Sexuality and Politics Section, chairing the LGBT Status Committee, serving on prize and award committees and executive councils for Law and Courts, Interpretive Methods and Methodologies, and Politics and History, and organizing panels for Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence. The Law and Courts section honored me in 2015 with its annual Teaching and Mentoring Award. I have also served on several journals’ editorial boards and presently serve on the boards of Polity, the Journal of Law and Courts, and Politics, Groups and Identities. In 2017, I was named a Collins Fellow at the University at Albany, SUNY, recognizing my service to the institution.


My partner since 1996, Joel Bloom, is the Senior Director of Accreditation and Assessment at Long Island University. We have three children, two of whom still reside at home and require plenty of chauffeuring.


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Ph.D. in Political Science, 1998

M.A. in Political Science, 1994

New York University School of Law

J.D., cum laude, 1992

Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges

A.B., magna cum laude, 1989

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