My doctoral research uses mixed methods to investigate local efforts to welcome and include immigrants in the UK and the US during the Brexit and Trump eras. I am examining if/how the national government's approach to immigration in these countries is impacting community-based immigrant inclusion efforts, with particular attention given to adaptions and innovations used to carry out these social inclusion efforts.
Prior to starting the PhD programme in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, I founded and ran for ten years a non-governmental organization (NGO) in the US that worked to advance community-based social inclusion, particularly around religious and cultural diversity. I also served as an adjunct professor in the Heider College of Business at Creighton University and in the Colleges of Education and Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
I hold a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor Degree in Education from Creighton University.
Since matriculating to the University of Edinburgh, I have worked as a research assistant with Dr. Oliver Escobar on What Works Scotland, an initiative to enhance the way Scotland localities use evidence to make decisions about public service development and reform, and with Dr. Shaun Bevan and Dr. Corina Lacatus investigating the European Council’s agenda-setting effects on individual countries’ environmental legislation regarding air pollution.
Social inclusion, Politics of immigration, Adaptation, Interdisciplinary research, Multi-level governance, Adaptive governance, Diversity, Inequality, Innovation, Immigration, Cross-sector collaboration, Coproduction, Mixed methods