I am an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Security Studies at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley. My research focuses on street-level bureaucracy, immigrant integration, administrative law and climate change. I am interested in comparative immigration and immigrant policies, the process through which immigrant policies are carried out by local bureaucratic agencies and the effects of climate change on the mitigation and adaptation policies of local and state governments. This work has far-reaching implications and explores the links between public management, identity, race and ethnicity, social equity and justice.
I received a Ph.D. and an MPA from the School of Public Administration and Affairs at the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. I also have a graduate certificate in Environmental Studies from KU. I have taught a doctoral course on organization theory and behavior and Master's courses in human resources and organizational behavior as well as undergraduate courses on public administration and law, organizational behavior, project management, leadership and public policy analysis.
I received the 2014 Best Dissertation Award from the Academy of Management, Public and Nonprofit Division. I was a National Science Foundation IGERT fellow with the Climate Change, Humans, and Nature in the Global Environment IGERT Fellowship program at KU and received a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation for my dissertation titled “Welcoming the Outsider: Local Construction of the Law towards Immigrants.” Prior to my academic career, I worked as a project and program manager for private sector information technology companies.