Associate Professor of Political Science


Mentorship and engagement.

Whenever possible, I participate in programs that facilitate mentoring between senior and junior faculty, faculty and students, and academia and public life. I have a particular interest in mentoring underrepresented groups to start and succeed in science. Here are some of the programs I have participated in, either as mentee or mentor.

Professional Mentoring Programs

Visions in Methodology
Organization and conference for fostering women in political methodology
Conference attendee, 2015
Conference co-host, 2016

Online Peace Science Colloquium
Bi-weekly research colloquium facilitates connections and visibility of junior and senior researchers of peace and conflict
Creator and Coordinator, 2016-2017

Journeys in World Politics
Workshop for supporting graduate students and junior faculty through the tenure process
Attendee, 2009


Student Mentoring Programs

For undergraduate students:

Research on Conflict and Collective Action (ROCCA) Lab
Undergraduate political science research lab at Vanderbilt University. Students may participate in collaborative research teams with Faculty Mentors, advancing in the lab toward producing their own research products.
Creator and director of the ROCCA Lab, 2018-2020

Fiat Lux Scholars Program
UC Merced program to support first-generation college students throughout their college career
Participant in faculty lunches with fiat lux students, 2015-2016

For graduate students:

UC Merced Political Science Graduate Professionalization Seminar (PROSE)
Year-long workshop presenting academic professionalization topics to graduate students
Coordinator, 2014-2015
Guest Speaker, S 2014, F 2015, S 2016, S 2017

Tide Together Mentoring Program
Program at the University of Alabama to support graduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups
Mentor from 2011-2013

{In addition to the programs listed in the left column}


Outreach and Community Engagement

Sequential Potential
My partner translates scientific research processes and outcomes into comics for general consumption. Here’s my role in this.

Dinner with a Scientist
Event to connect local female high school students with female faculty in STEM fields
Faculty participant, 2016

Webster Groves High School Amnesty International Chapter
Guest speaker, 2013, 2014, 2016



Slides for my PROSE presentation on Underrepresentation in Political Science

Slides by Amy Catalinac on Overcoming Barriers to Women’s Advancement in Political Science

Blog post on mental illness and the academic community for the Duck of Minerva blog