I am an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Texas at El Paso. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and my doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. My core areas of research are presidential management/policy making and the public presidency. In particular, I focus on questions that explore how and why presidential managerial and rhetorical strategies influence policy making performance and, in turn, how the public influences and appraises such efforts. I am also interested in studies on immigration and race/ethnicity. I am currently serving as board member and website manager for the Presidents & Executive Politics (PEP) section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). I recently served as the Executive Politics section chair for the 2013 Western Political Science Association (WPSA) conference and have been selected to serve as the Presidential/Executive Politics section chair for the 2015 Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) conference. Prior to that, I served as President of the Midwest Latino/a Caucus (MLC) section of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) from 2008-2011. At UTEP, I currently serve the Political Science Department as a Faculty Senator, member of the undergraduate committee, and as the department's website manager.
Agency Input as a Policy Making Tool: Analyzing the Influence of Agency Input on Presidential Policy Success in Congress, Administration & Society (forthcoming) (2013)
Manager-in-Chief: Applying Public Management Theory to Examine White House Chief of Staff Performance (with David B. Cohen and Justin S. Vaughn), Political Research Quarterly (2012)
Politics or Policy? How Rhetoric Matters to Presidential Leadership of Congress (with Justin S. Vaughn and Julia R. Azari), Presidential Studies Quarterly (2012)
Agenda Setting from the Oval Office: An Experimental Examination of Presidential Influence over the Public Agenda (with Cigdem V. Sirin), International Journal of Public Opinion Research (2012)
Staff of the People? Assessing Progress in Descriptive Representation under the Obama Administration, Race, Gender & Class (2011)